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Agents of Change Seminar Series: Bangladesh: Civil Society and Rebirth of Democracy

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Synopsis:

In the last few years, groups within the democracy movement of Bangladesh have carried out a relentless advocacy, awareness and mobilisation campaign demanding clean candidates, clean politics and systemic reforms. Notably, The Citizens for Good Governance, or SHUJAN, was central in leading this charge. SHUJAN made significant efforts to energise the democracy movement, developing innovative programs to empower the citizens with information. The movement for change initiated and led by SHUJAN culminated in a range of substantive electoral reforms, including the reconstitution and reform of the Election Commission, the preparation of electoral rolls with photographs, reform of the electoral process, and the compulsory registration of political parties. Following these reforms, parliamentary elections were held in December 2008, which by all accounts, were free, fair and peaceful. Crucially, many tainted candidates were either not nominated at all or, when nominated, failed in their campaigns. This suggests that SHUJAN’s efforts may have played a critical role in ushering in a new beginning for Bangladesh’s democracy.

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Speaker(s):

Dr. Badiul Alam Majumdar, Founder and Secretary, SHUJAN– Citizens for Good Governance

Date:
Friday, 20 March 2009
Time:
12.15 p.m. - 1.30 p.m.
Venue:

Seminar Room 3-1
Level 3, Manasseh Meyer
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
469C Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259772

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