'Negative Voting' in Parliamentary Election of Bangladesh: A Legal and Political Analysis
Green University Review, Vol. 4, No. 1-2, June-December, 2013
12 Pages Posted: 2 Jul 2015
Date Written: December 30, 2013
Despite the debates and disputes, free and fair voting system has been reached into the height of democratic norm to all democratic stakeholders around the world. However, right to vote neither achieved the status of fundamental right, nor it included negative voting within it. Nevertheless, the demands for shaping voting right within above two propositions are increasing day by day. Right to vote, in the context of Bangladesh, should include negative voting in order to effectuate voting as well as some other constitutional and legal rights of the citizenry. Despite the historical struggle by the people of Bangladesh for voting rights they are provided with an election mechanism to choose between bad and worse. Thus, restrictive choices to the voters pave the way for arbitrariness, corruptions, and exploitations by the politicians. In this backdrop, the demand for negative voting is not less than justified to bring qualitative changes in our democratic culture as well as political landscape. Furthermore, the anti-logics on negative voting are not sustainable from neutral and justified view points.
Keywords: Voting right, Fundamental right, Consitutional right, Negative voting, Democracy
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