Confirmation of Candidature - Khaleda Yasmin

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Presenter:  Khaleda Yasmin, Master by Research, College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society, Charles Darwin University

Date: Jan 15, 2020

Time: 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Contact person:  Office of Research & Innovation (ORI), Charles Darwin University
T: 08 8946 6548

Location:  Yellow 1.2.48 (Savanna Room), Casuarina Campus, Charles Darwin University

The Challenges and Obstacles for Conducting Credible National  Elections: Bangladesh Perspective

Khaleda Yasmin
Master by Research
College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society
Charles Darwin University

A free and fair electoral system is considered one of the most essential tenets of representative democracy. While well-accepted elections justify its social, political, and cultural objectives, on the other hand, non-credible elections bear negative consequences. Through non-credible elections, the objectives of national elections fail; and worsen social, political, and cultural problems, rather than provide a peaceful mechanism for the process of power transfer. Many transitional democratic countries face challenges and obstacles with regard to conducting national elections; some tend to hold elections without upholding minimum international standards. Among them is Bangladesh – a South Asian country with 100 million eligible voters. Since its independence, Bangladesh has experienced many challenges to democratic governance including conducting free and fair elections. Despite the importance of a credible electoral system, academic studies on Bangladesh perspective are limited. Instead of finding the social, political, and cultural challenges and obstacles for conducting credible national elections in Bangladesh, researchers have mostly focused on institutional weaknesses of electoral bodies and made recommendations to reform the Election Commission of Bangladesh. Therefore, it is important that a rigorous study explores the reasons why conducting credible national elections has been so difficult in Bangladesh. The research will attempt to uncover deep-seated problems which hamper the conduct of free and fair national elections. In this regard, this study will also recommend pathways that may enable the Election Commission and the national government to develop an atmosphere for conducting credible national elections. With Representative Democracy, Electoral Clientelism and State Capacity as the theoretical foundation of this study, it will follow qualitative methods. The design of this study will be based on ethnographic and case study approach. The data collection for this research entail interviews with semi-structured questionnaires, case studies, archival investigation, doctrine analysis, and historical analysis. Data will be inductively coded and will be subjected to thematic analysis.

Khaleda Yasmin completed her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Political Science from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. While she was an undergraduate student, Ms Yasmin conducted research in the campus of the University of Dhaka and in her home district of Tangail. After completing her Masters degree in 2013, she taught as a part-time faculty at the Department of Government and Politics, Asian University of Bangladesh before joining Jagannath University, Dhaka as a full-time lecturer of Political Science. She was promoted to assistant professor in 2018. Ms Yasmin enrolled at Charles Darwin University as a Master by Research student in August 2019 and was awarded Australian government’s Research Training Program Stipend Scholarship.