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EWG’s Eye on Election reports present data and information on election- related preparation and events related to 10th Parliamentary Election, and on voter’s views regarding these issues. The monthly reports provide data from 118 constituencies covering all ten electoral regions, in 55 of the country’s 64 districts. Data and information is collected from various sources including print media, official circulars and notices issued by local administrations, election related documents and notices, police reports and political party records. Checklist respondents include general voters, community leaders, political party leaders and activists, local election officials, and local elected representatives, and the voters.
Key Findings of the Eye on Election Reports
June – August 2013
For the three month period of pre-election observation report has the following key findings:
i) Overall lack of financial records regarding the collection and expenditure of funds by local level political party committees,
ii) Low level of female participation in political party committees at the local level,
iii) Majority voter support for deployment of the army during elections to ensure law and order, and
iv) Majority voter support for a “mandatory” provision requiring the participation of grassroots committees in political party nomination process.
Observation reports for the month indicate a number of changes in the elections environment;
i) The use of state-owned resources to garner campaign- related support is continuing
ii) Levels of election related violence have decreased;
iii) Local media coverage in favor of candidates and parties has increased, and
iv) Pressure on local media to report or refrain from reporting on campaign and election-related stories has decreased.
The major findings for October 2013 are;
i) Use of state resources for pre-election campaign purposes appears to be increasing
ii) Awami League Ministers or MPs were involved in a majority of the incidents in which state resources were used for vote-seeking.
iii) The Awami League and the BNP each accounted for about one-third of the events related to placement of campaign materials and construction of gates and arches.