Is anti-floor crossing law in Bangladesh contrary to the spirit of the Constitution of Bangladesh?

an inquiry

Sheikh Mohammad Towhidul Karim

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Abstract

Anti-floor crossing laws existing in many commonwealth countries, and are criticized for being a hindrance in ensuring rule of law in parliamentary democracy. This paper reviews the anti-floor crossing laws of Bangladesh, with a view that the anti-floor crossing laws are inherently undemocratic, stifle free speech and freedom of association, and endanger the opinion of people. It explains how it poses restrictions on the members of the parliament (MPs), who cannot represent their constituents. It elaborates specifically why and how often legislators switch parties, and also makes a comparative study with the United Kingdom. It also reflects on some backlashes that floor crossing laws might result in, and provides recommendations on how they might be practically and logically mitigated by the parliament.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-133
Number of pages11
JournalKathmandu School of Law Review
Volume4
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

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