Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Bangladesh Election
December 23, 2008

The election is coming in just a week (December 29)! There are now signs posted all around Dhaka and men and women with bullhorns ride rickshaws through the streets shouting out support for their favorite candidate.

Apparently this year the candidates are only allowed to post black and white advertisements, so you see them taped to power lines all around the city like little flags. Sadly, I think the signs are pretty ineffective, because you can make out anything on them unless you are standing right next to the sign.

So far the election has been quite calm; it is very unlike the scene two years ago when I arrived - the time when the elections were supposed to be held. So far neither party has rioted or decided to boycott the polls. I will be interested to see what happens on election day and the few weeks immediately after it...

Flags and Fliers
Gulshan-2 Circle was decorated for Independence Day (December 16th). They kept the flags up and candidates have put up their fliers all around the circle.

Black and White Banners
You can see all of the advertisements on the power lines in this photo.

Here is a close-up of one of the posters. All of the fliers have the photograph of the candidate on them.


At Tuesday, December 23, 2008 11:08:00 PM, Blogger Donny said...

thanks for the post. neat to see how the place has gotten littered with these paper ads. good thing a freak winter rainstorm hasn't appeared.


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