'By definition, the success of democracies depends on citizens like you, who are actively participating in this crucial process, where the voices of people are heard. This is why I encourage everyone to participate in the upcoming election'
US ambassador to Bangladesh, Earl R Miller on Saturday said that all political parties in Bangladesh should be free and feel safe to participate peacefully in the upcoming election process.
He came up with this remark while addressing a debate competition held at the Teachers-Student Center (TSC) auditorium of Dhaka University (DU) which was participated by 12 universities.
The program was jointly organized by Democracy International and the Dhaka University Debating Society (Duds) as part of a campaign ‘Win with Peace’ (Shantite Bijoy) with the motto ‘Country will win if it wins in peace’.
The ambassador said: “All parties should be free and feel safe to participate peacefully in this process. All the parties should be free to express their respective views as well as to conduct campaigns, peaceful rallies and meetings throughout the country.”
Miller regarded the debate topic as an extraordinarily important issue and timely as well, while adding: “By definition, the success of democracies depends on citizens like you, who are actively participating in this crucial process, where the voices of people are heard. This is why I encourage everyone to participate in the upcoming election.”
“I was excited by the high voter turn-out in this remarkable country. I think it’s estimated to be 70%. I wish that was the case in United States,” he added.
Miller further said: “That level of participation is truly extraordinary and I am also impressed by the way you celebrate in honour of the election. That is why the election should also be grand, noisy and filled with massive celebration as part of a democratic process. Because that is how democracies flourish.”
He believes the young folks of the country to be the hope of the nation and said: “The world relies on young folks and their perseverance.”
He advised them to share their energy, compassion, kindness and love for the upcoming polls and celebrate this incredible experience.
The newly appointed US ambassador finally commended all by saying “Many Thanks” in Bangla - which is “Onek Dhonnobad”.
DU vice-chancellor Professor M Akhtaruzzamn, DUDS moderator Professor Mahbuba Nasreen, DUDS President SM Rakib Sirazy and GeneralSecretary Abdullah Asad among others attended the program.