It is said that good planning is the halfway to success. Given that, it is a laudable initiative that the Election Commission (EC) has finalised and announced its roadmap for next parliamentary elections scheduled to be held at the end of the next year. The EC has expressed their hope that they will succeed in organising a free, fair, acceptable and participatory election. It also hoped that all political parties will participate in the next polls in spite of their differences on various issues. At the same time, the EC also acknowledged that there are a lot of questions, and a lack of trust, which, they believe, will be removed with time by their course of actions in the coming days.
The 12th parliamentary election is very vital for the future of Bangladesh’s democratic practice. As this crucial national poll is going to be held under an election-time political government, despite the disagreement of opposition political parties, all the stakeholders should have been dependent on the Election Commission. Thus, it is expected that they would earn the trust of all the political parties and the people through their actions in this one year and a half and will arrange a credible election.