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Bangladesh Voter List – 12 Million Fake Names

From the DNC’s Al Jazeera:

Bangladesh’s main party leaders were set to meet the president in a bid to defuse a looming confrontation over demands for electoral reform that threatens to plunge the country into renewed turmoil.

Bangladesh voters’ list criticised

A United States-based election monitor has questioned the credibility of Bangladesh’s list of voters saying it contains more than 12 million false names.

A 14-party alliance of opposition parties has threatened a nationwide transport blockade from Sunday.

It has demanded that the date of the election be changed and voters’ lists overhauled.

"Bangladesh’s voters’ list has approximately 12.2 million names which are either in error or are duplicates," a report by the Washington-based National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) said.

Owen Lippert, the NDI’s representative in Bangladesh, said his group had checked more than 22,000 names across the country and interviewed 11,000 people during a survey of voters ahead of an election scheduled for January 21.

"The (NDI) delegation is deeply concerned that the new voters’ list runs to over 93 million names, a size that is substantially inconsistent with the 2001 census data," Lippert told a news conference.

"A voters’ list containing two-thirds of the population strains credibility."

Blockade

It is feared that Sunday’s blockade could turn violent, at least 40 people have been killed in fighting between rival political groups since Khaleda Zia, leader of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), ended her five-year term as prime minister in October.

Saber Hossain Chowdhury, "A voters’ list containing two-thirds of the population strains credibility."

Owen Lippert, the Bangladesh representative for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs
Hasina’s political secretary, said "we have been telling that the 2006 list has 14 million fake voters. The NDI survey largely endorsed our claim."

Reaz Rahman, former state minister for foreign affairs and a close confidant of Khaleda, said the findings were "exaggerated because it was based on the 2001 voters’ list which was faulty."

The elections are unready under threat because of political discord and the accomanying violence.

Iajuddin Ahmed, the Bangladesh president, will meet the leaders of both political camps on Saturday in an attempt to resolve the situation.

Ahmed will hold separate talks with Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina, leader of the opposition Alwami League to discuss possible solutions to the deadlock, a spokesman for the interim administration headed by the president said.

The initiative came after an envoy of Kofi Annan, the UN secretary- general, called on all parties to come together.

Craig Jenness, director of the UN Electoral Assistance Division, described the situation as "worrying," saying the differences could only be resolved through dialogue.

Cheating? Turmoil? — In a Muslim country? How can that be?

These people could teach the Democrats a thing or two. (Just kidding, of course. The DNC is much more sophisticated.)

But maybe these election monitors should check the voting list in Venezuela while they are at it. Though it’s already too late.

Chavez became a dictator years ago.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Saturday, December 2nd, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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