What We Do

Election Observation

EWG conducts election observation of the pre-election, Election Day, and post-election environment as a major focus of its strategy. This includes observing and reporting on the pre-election environment, with a special emphasis on election-related violence and the security of groups particularly vulnerable to violence and intimidation. EWG’s pre-election observation also covers critical pre-election issues such as the enumeration, preparation, and revision of the electoral roll and the constituency delimitation process. On Election Day, EWG deploys teams of trained observers at polling stations across the country. During post-election period, EWG LTOs monitor the progress of formal legal claims of election irregularities submitted to the Bangladesh Election Commission. For all election observation EWG plans to work in close coordination with international election observer missions.

Voter and Civic Education

EWG conducts voter and civic education on an array of issues including the voting process, election violence prevention, democratic representation and accountability, the importance of first time voters or youth, women’s political participation, and non-discrimination against ethnic and religious minorities and persons with disabilities.

As part of its core institutional mandate, the EWG focuses on advocacy for electoral reform and the promotion of public dialogue about critical election-related issues. EWG will conduct ongoing analyses of various aspects of the pre-election, election, and post-election environment, and conduct advocacy initiatives with ECB for needed changes. Relevant themes include the legislative framework for elections; full access for election observers; ECB independence; constituency delimitation; candidate nominations; codes of conduct for parties and candidates; election dispute resolution systems; and the transparency of election results, including Polling Station ballot counts.