Advocacy for Electoral Reform

Advocacy for Electoral Reform
Assessing the Delimitation of Electoral Constituencies

In the first quarter of 2013, EWG conducted an analysis of the constituency delimitation process in Bangladesh, in view of international best practice. The analysis was shared with the public, Election Commission and other relevant stakeholders. In the nine parliament elections that Bangladesh has had from 1973 to 2008, the country has fallen short of meeting international guidelines and best practice recommendations on electoral boundary delimitation. One the most significant challenge has been to ensure the ‘equality of voting strength.’ Similar to the previous delimitation of constituencies, the 2013 preliminary delimitation of constituencies showed a huge variation in the numbers of voters in different constituencies, in at least 60% of the districts.

Election Policy Briefs

Constituency Delimitation_ Policy Brief (16 March 2013)
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Review of the Amendments to the RPO

In September 2013 EWG conducted a review and analysis of the amendments proposed by the Election Commission Bangladesh (ECB) to the Representation of the People Order, 1972 (RPO); the RPO is the core legal framework document for elections. The report and related recommendations were shared with the Election Commission and other relevant stakeholders. This analysis focuses on major issues recently raised in the RPO amendments suggested by the ECB, as well as a number of related issues the ECB might consider to further ensure a free, fair and credible 10th parliamentary election.

RPO Policy Brief (20 Sep 2013)
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