Muhammad Sakhawat Hussain

Commissioner
Bangladesh Election Committee
Focus Area(s): 
Elections
Critical Tasks: 
Voter education
Interviewers: 
Varanya Chaubey
Country of Reform: 
Bangladesh
Date of Interview: 
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Abstract 

Brigadier General Muhammad Sakhawat Hussain discusses the role of the Bangladesh Election Commission and its initiatives for legal, administrative and political reform. He details the Commission’s efforts to promote political party accountability. He focuses on the specifics of achieving financial transparency and more democratization within parties. He discusses the challenges faced by the Commission—particularly the skeptical attitude held by most denizens—and the ways in which they attempted to deal with them. He explains initiatives taken on by the Commission, such as the creation of a comprehensive voter list that includes photographs. He also talks about the addition of a no-vote option, which allows voters to declare that they do not wish to vote for anyone on the ballot.   

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Profile: 

At the time of this interview Brigadier General Muhammad Sakhawat Hussain was one of three commissioners who constituted the Bangladesh Election Commission. Prior to the commission, he served in various positions in the Bangladesh Army, including both staff and command as Brigadier General. He also served as director of Sonali Bank, Bangladesh’s largest commercial bank, for two years. After retiring, he established himself as an individual researcher, writing both columns and books. His focus has been on national security and defense.

Language: 
English
Nationality of Interviewee: 
Bangladesh
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Keywords 
codes of conduct
Election Management Body
recruitment
rural voter registration
voter education