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Towards an Inclusive Democracy in Bangladesh
an article by Radyan Rahave

Parliamentary election in Bangladesh is scheduled to take place in 2014. The Bangladesh’s independent election commission has already announced that it has put in place all the measures that are essential in holding a democratic, transparent and politically inclusive election. Bangladesh parliament consists of 300 seats.

Election campaigner

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The political parties have begun fierce election campaign across the country. Among the parties that have greater grassroots level support are Bangladesh National Party and Jamaat Islami. Most political analysts and election experts predict that the incumbent party will likely win the majority of the seats in this election.

The Bangladeshi voters are excited to participate in this election. The party, which will likely win greater number of seats; will go to the parliament to form its government. However, the parties which fail to win adequate number of seats, will no longer be in the government

In my opinion, democracy should be based on the percentage of casting votes instead of seats. For example; Awami League could get 151 seats with the percentage of 49% votes and Bangladesh National Party could get 149 seats with the percentage of 51%, in that case, Bangladesh National Party should go the parliament and parliamentary seats should be divided accordingly, which is absence now, so the true democracy is missing in Bangladesh


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CPNN receives more and more articles from Africa about initiatives that contest the European model of "winner-takes-all" elections, and demand that elections should only be part of a broader democratic process that seeks consensus and compromise.

This fits with the pre-colonial systems of justice in Africa, when there was no monotheism and no single supreme god, no single supreme law, no single "truth" provided by divine intervention, but rather a compromise among many different "gods," perspectives and "truths" arrived at through a process of mediation, for example, the "palabra."

This report was posted on 7 August 2011.