Monday, 23 May, 2022

Flawless NCC polls

Against the backdrop of the recent violent local body elections across the country, people from all walks of life had their eyes cast on the developments prior to the Narayanganj City Corporation elections. Even our foreigner friends were believed to be curious to see how successfully the outgoing Election Commission handles this crucial election immediately before the end of its tenure. Actually, the NCC polls were an acid test for the EC. Much to the happiness of the onlookers and stakeholders, elections to this important city corporation were held in a free and fair manner on Sunday.

As the election date came closer, tensions among the people as well as the candidates and voters were mounting but subsided on the D-Day as is evidenced by the satisfactory voter turnout. A festive mood prevailed everywhere and more than 56 percent voters cast their votes, obviously without any fear. Presence of women and young voters in election booths was very much conspicuous.

In sharp contrast to the local body elections, no incidents of violence and vote rigging were reported. Though the nearest rival of the mayor-elect attributed his defeat to alleged EVM fraud, his meek voice could hardly create any repercussion. An Election Commissioner is reported to have termed the NCC election as the best one under the present EC. Some even saw the outcome of the NCC polls as the return of the voting culture.

The main reason behind the successful holding of the election is that all stakeholders including the government, local lawmakers, election officers, law enforcers and also the candidates and the voters extended sincere cooperation to the Election Commission. It only means that an apparently impossible or difficult task can be accomplished if everyone is ready to lend support to the cause.

The country is going to have a new Election Commission very soon. The President of the Republic is holding talks with different political forces for the purpose. It is hoped that with the active support and cooperation from all concerned, the next EC will be able to carry forward the legacy of the NCC polls and strengthen the country’s election process.

Before we conclude, let us congratulate Dr Selina Hayat Ivy on her being elected as the Mayor of the Narayanganj City Corporation for the third consecutive term. Her victory is voters’ gift to her for her clean image and sincere service to the citizens.