Bangladesh’s Awami League Sets Stage for High Voter Turnout in 12th National Election
With the 12th national election on the horizon, the Awami League in Bangladesh is taking proactive measures to ensure a high voter turnout and a festive atmosphere. The party is forming committees for each of the 42,000 polling stations across the country. In a bid to bolster the party’s presence and encourage the electorate, over one crore (10 million) local leaders and workers are expected to join these committees. This initiative, more comprehensive than in past elections, responds to recent low voter turnout.
Unit Committees and Their Role
Each of the 42,000 polling stations will have a ‘unit committee’ with a minimum of 150 members, totaling at least 63 lakh (6.3 million) individuals. The central leadership of the Awami League has directed these groups to cooperate with law enforcement in securing polling stations, encouraging voting, and addressing any violence linked to the opposition BNP-Jamaat. This collaboration aims to ensure a peaceful and engaging election process.
Involvement of Affiliated Organizations
The Awami League’s student wing and other affiliated organizations are also playing their part in forming committees. These efforts contribute an additional 28.5 lakh (2.85 million) members to the cause. These committees will not only promote the party’s achievements over the past 15 years but also counter any opposition efforts to disrupt the elections. Rigorous screening processes are in place to exclude controversial figures from these committees, ensuring transparency and credibility in the process.
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Embracing the Digital Era
In a modern twist to traditional election campaigning, the party is also leveraging the power of social media. A cadre of 6 lakh (600,000) newly trained ‘smart workers’ are poised to support their campaign and counter opposition narratives online. The use of digital platforms aims to reach a wider audience and foster engagement amongst the digitally savvy electorate.
The Awami League’s comprehensive approach to the upcoming 12th national election on January 7, 2023, signifies its commitment towards a democratic process. The formation of polling station committees, engagement of affiliated organizations, and adoption of digital campaigning strategies all contribute to a robust and inclusive election approach. The party’s proactive efforts also highlight its dedication to ensuring a peaceful election environment and high voter turnout.
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