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European Parliament won’t observe Bangladesh election

There will also be no European Union Election Observation Mission

Update : 28 Nov 2018, 11:14 AM

The European Parliament will not observe the 11th general election in Bangladesh, which is scheduled to be held on December 30.

No individual member of the European Parliament (MEP) has been mandated to observe or comment on this electoral process on its behalf, said a statement issued by MEPs David McAllister (EPP, DE) and Linda McAvan (S&D, UK).

The co-chairs of the European Parliament's Democracy Support and Election coordination group said they would not observe this electoral process, and consequently would neither comment on the process nor on the results that will be announced afterwards. 

There will also be no European Union Election Observation Mission, reports the UNB.

They said any statement made by the members of the European Parliament on the election therefore do not represent in any way the view of the European Parliament or the European Union.

The European Parliament stated its position on the elections in its resolution of November 15, which expressed the hope that the elections will be “peaceful, transparent and participatory so that citizens can express a genuine political choice.”

It called on the political forces to refrain from any violence or instigation of violence during the electoral period.

When is the election?

On November 12, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda announced a fresh schedule for the parliamentary election.

The commission said the polls will now be held on December 30 instead of December 23.

According to the new schedule, the deadline for submitting nomination papers is today (November 28).

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