Saturday, October 21, 2017 12:57:02 PM
A. Mannan :
A sizeable quantum of heated exchange, though seems to be rational from each one's view point, has, of late, been generated, inter-alia, by the EC, various political parties on both side of the divide, elite/civil society, NGO's, election watchdogs on the key issue to incorporate a system of casting 'No Vote' in the upcoming national election. There is as yet no hopeful end in sight.
Conflicting arguments are pouring in as it is raining cats and dogs in a heavy monsoon. Alas! I have not seen or smelt the basics of such claims and counter-claims for and against such move within a basketful of laws normally maintainable.
However, and there is always a 'however', a critical analysis is the utmost need before one says 'yes' or 'no' on a 'no-vote' system in the light of Constitutional provisions, RPO, historical background of voting system along with the method of counting and calculation of votes for the final outcome.
Amongst others, we have got to filter and pass through for a prismatic analysis the ingredients of a 'no-vote' system for and against before making a rational and judicious approach to it. Anything else hastily done or adopted may jeopardise the whole holy effort. Let us think twice before we leap, for there is a possibility to go down on the edge an abyss.
The key points for discussion, inter-alia, may be the following:
To recognize the voting pattern and behaviour of the past records and data.
To find out modus operandi of a methodology for calculation of vote-counting and declaration of results.
How to settle the score of a tie issue to declare the winner?
Should the counting and declaration be on a 'fast past the goal post' basis or to think about a proportionate representation system or another more appropriate and logical method?
The above mentioned issues at stake may open a flood gate for dialogue and discussion amongst many stake holders as follows:
Issue of declaring cancellation of registration of political party as per the present half-hearted RPO, as it seems to be so.
That of creating bottleneck for new registration.
That of a single party (alone or with its allied parties e.g. election of 2014), and getting more than 50% of the total seats uncontested.
Difficulties to be faced in ripping the harvest of no-vote system which is, at present, a meaningless no-vote type, Actual results of votes shown in the following chart speak of the in-depth dynamics and inertia of the whole gamut.
The existing system in different segments as narrated above need be dovetailed for a harmonious solution. We all know where problem is one, its solutions are too many. The undermentioned problems and suggested solutions are of my own schools of thought, though others may have different schools of thought. They can, however, prompt and promote their ideas in order that the issue as a whole is enriched.
Our existing problems and solutions therefor may be looked for as follows:
Election system in our case is 'first past the goal post', traditionally the oldest system. Proportionate representation like that of the New Zealand type may be worthwhile to think of.
Presently, where there is a tie in the result as per the existing system it is then decided by a lottery. In football games tiebreaker has replaced the age-old lottery system. In election the lottery system may be abolished. Instead fresh election amongst only the tie holders may be held or a better alternative based on new ideas conscientiously, consciously and logically may be adopted.
In an election to a constituency where only one party participates due to a boycott by other political parties and absence of any independent candidates, the election in that constituency be held when it becomes a participatory one.
Similarly, at the evaluation stage on the validity of nomination papers when only one nomination paper remains valid, action as in (iii) above be pursued.
The actual results mentioned in the chart at (e) above have wide variations and divergence. It is, as a matter of fact, difficult and impossible to draw a statistical line of best fit even based on interpolation for a meaningful conclusion. In a sum up we may say that a proportionate representation system is likely to bring in a more competitive result in order to fulfil the aspirations of the people.
Similarly, 'no-vote' system may be fruitful provided that a fresh election is held when 'no-vote' percentage is the higher than that of the highest candidate in the election results and wins the race like that of the 'fast past the goal post'. In such a situation a fresh election is obviously needed beyond doubt. Just keeping a provision of more than 50% of the votes cast and valid for a 'no-vote' to invalidate the election results and mandate a fresh election may not be quid pro quo and will bring about no good.
Should a candidate get the highest vote he wins the race, likewise 'no-vote' should also have the privilege as that of a candidate, the difference being elected in case of a candidate and achieving authority in case of 'no-vote' to invalidate the election results for a fresh election.
(Abdul Mannan, Fcma (UK) is a former State Minister, Ministry of Civil Aviation & Tourism and Textiles. former Member of Parliament (Dhaka-2) and former President, South Asian Federation of Accountants (SAFA). E-mail : email@example.com)
Agency :Olivier Giroud scored late in the second half for Arsenal to maintain its perfect Europa League campaign with a 1-0 win over 10-man Red Star Belgrade on Thursday.Five minutes after Milan Rodic was sent off for a second yellow card, Giroud struck with an overhead kick five minutes before ...
Shriya Pilgaonkar who was appreciated for her Hindi film debut as Shahrukh Khan’s love interest in Fan and for her viral short film Jai Mata Di, is now going to be seen in a web show called Mirzapur produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani for a global online platform ...
GOVERNMENT and aid agencies have provided emergency relief for flood victims but not sufficient to settle flood victims as per media reports quoting Center for Policy Dialogue (CPD) researchers who tried to figure out the distribution system in the Haor areas. Over 37 lakh people were affected in the floods ...
Reuters, Beirut :Iran's military chief met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday during a visit to Damascus to set out a joint military strategy, Syria's state news agency reported, a sign of deepening Iranian influence that has alarmed Israel.General Mohammad Baqeri said Iran was determined to continue supporting the ...
CHINESE President Xi Jinping has laid out a far-reaching vision for a more prosperous nation and a dominating role for China in the world as the US President Donald Trump is working on a reverse way isolating his country from the world leadership role. In the domestic front he has ...
AFP, Brussels :British Prime Minister Theresa May will appeal to European Union leaders at a crunch summit in Brussels on Thursday to push forward the deadlocked Brexit negotiations.At a meeting moved to a new venue at the last minute due to an eruption of toxic gas, May will urge her ...
Sports Reporter :Rangpur Riders have recruited wicketkeeper-batsman of New Zealand Brendon McCullum for the up coming fifth edition of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).Chief Executive Officer of Rangpur Riders Ishtiaq Sadek said to the newsmen, " We have confirmed that McCullum will join our squad on November 15. He will play ...
'Sampan' is one of the popular programmes of Chittagong centre of Bangladesh Television of present time. Dance, music, magic, etc are presented in this show. Popular face of the small screen Titaan Chowdhury is hosting this programme. Positive side is Titaan is hailed from Chittagong. So it becomes easier for ...
Reuters, Seoul : Former U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday that "cavalier" threats to start war on the Korean peninsula are "dangerous and short-sighted", urging the United States to get all parties to the negotiating table.Clinton also called on China to take a "more outfront role" in enforcing ...
Sports Reporter :The Atom Gum Under-12 School Handball (Boys' & Girls') Tournament begins tomorrow at the Shaheed (Captain) M Mansur Ali National Handball Stadium.Bangladesh Handball Federation will organize the handball meet under auspices of Pran Confectionary Limited.In this regard, a press conference was held at the Dutch-Bangla Bank Auditorium in ...
THE Korean peninsula is closer to war again as a North Korean official reaffirmed on Monday Pyongyang's commitment to developing a long-range intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching "all the way to the East coast of the mainland US." He said his country is currently not interested in diplomacy with ...
Sultry actress Sunny Leone who has millions of die-hard fans around the world has come up with a new video and that too in her own style. Sunny Leone has posted a new video in which she is wishing a Happy Diwali, especially to the boys. This video is, in ...