In Bangladesh 11th general election Around 50,000 Army personal was deployed as a striking force around the country .Military deployment is a common phenomenon in national elections of Bangladesh . But the allegation of irregularities in presence of Army is rare . Bangladesh army regarded as the most prestigious and trusted organization in Bangladesh .
”Army Chief General Aziz Ahmed
We tried to ensure so that the people could cast their votes without any fear and return home safely. Considering this, I think people’s confidence and trust in army will increase for the way it discharged its duties. No one can say we sided with Anybody “
The army chief clearly said Bangladesh Army didn’t favored anybody in the Election and Completed its Duty on direction of Election Commission .
Army Role in 30 December Election
The army deployment in the 11th National election was limited to ” In aid of Civil Power ” . Like previous Genarel Election in 2001 & 2008 where Army Acted independently and had the power to arrest and use force in violation of electoral code of conduct .What was key to a Credible election .
‘In aid to civil power’
In the 30 December pool , Military had to follow CrPC (Code of Criminal Procedure) directed by the Election Commission . In this direction the army cannot make an intervention, arrest or Use force ,without emergency . Under the ‘in aid to civil power’, the Armed Forces members had to stay at ‘nodal points’ and other convenient points in every district/upazila/metropolitan areas, and can Intervene, use force Under permission of civil Magistrate or if Civil authority ask to intervene .
Citizen of Bangladesh used to experience Fresh and credible election under Army supervision in past . If any manipulation happened in the 30 January election , As per law It was beyond Jurisdiction of Bangladesh Army to take action without direction of civil authority . So the responsibility & Burden is on Election Commission and Government .
Learn Something New Everyday
Whatever in the end of the day peoples last resort is Bangladesh Armed Forces .As per constitution and history Bangladesh Army serve the Nation not its Politician .
Loyalty to the Nation
Not To The System