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The Parliamentary Elections in Bangladesh, 12 June 1996

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These Election Reports are the observations, conclusions and recommendations of Commonwealth Observer Groups. The SecretaryGeneral constitutes these observer missions at the request of governments and with the agreement of all significant political parties. At the end of a mission, a report is submitted to the SecretaryGeneral, who makes it available to the government of the country in question, the political parties concerned and to all Commonwealth governments. The report eventually becomes a public document.

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Introduction

The elections to the Seventh Jatiya Sangsad (Parliament) in Bangladesh followed a prolonged period of political crisis. An earlier poll on 15 February 1996, boycotted by the Opposition parties, did nothing to resolve this. Consequently, a neutral 11-member Caretaker Government was installed, in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution (Thirteenth Amendment) Act, 1996, following the resignation of the BNP (Bangladesh Nationalist Party) Government at the end of March 1996.

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