For the first time in the history of Bangladesh, a woman has overseen municipal elections, ensuring their accordance with electoral laws and providing guidance to presiding officers.
Jesime Tuli, who holds more than three decades of experience in the country’s Election Commission, last year managed and executed the elections, upholding the rules of the Commission.
Her conduct was hailed as courageous, honest and dedicated by various international and domestic observer groups, national media and the Commission.
“I ask all women to think of themselves as officers and not women officers,” Tulli said. “If we keep that in mind many of the challenges we face today as women can be overcome.”
During the course of the elections day, Tuli visited more than 40 polling stations, including in some remote rural areas.
Of the numerous complaints she received, each was resolved to the satisfaction of the political parties, candidates and voters.
The Election Commission considered polls in Bangladesh’s southeast city of Chittagong a success with nearly 1.7 million votes cast.