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Foreign polls observers, journos to get all out support from EC

  • Published at 09:51 pm December 29th, 2018
Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque briefs the foreign election observers and journalists at an event held at Sonargaon hotel in Dhaka on Saturday, December 29, 2018 PID

A good number of them are already in Bangladesh while many others are on the way

Election Commission Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed has said the EC is set to lend all necessary support to foreign observers and journalists who came here to monitor and cover the 11th general elections on Sunday.

“We will give all possible support to you,” he said, while briefing foreign observers and journalists at the Sonargaon hotel in Dhaka on Saturday, reports BSS.

He said the commission allowed 160 foreign observers and journalists for monitoring and presenting news on the polls, alongside 25,900 local observers and journalists.

“We have taken all-out measures to hold the general election peacefully, and all equipment, including ballot papers and voter lists with photographs, have been sent to polling centres,” he said.

He added that guidelines were also sent to the foreign observers and journalists.

Helal said a total of 1,861 candidates are set to contest the election in 300 constituencies, while 39 political parties are participating in the polls.

“A total of 608,000 polling stations have been set up across the country.”

During the briefing, Foreign Secretary Md Shahidul Haque, Principal Information Officer Kamrun Nahar, the Election Commission’s Additional Secretary, Moklesur Rahman, and other officials concerned were present.

Replying to a query from Indian observer Kamal Bhattacharya, Shahidul said the Foreign Ministry has set up a coordination cell for international observers and journalists to provide relevant information on the polls.

There was also a powerpoint presentation on the commission, the parliament, electoral activities and other related issues, for the election observers.

According to the PID media centre, foreign missions based in Dhaka and accredited to observe the election include: the US, the UK, Greece, Ireland, Japan, France, Germany, Canada, Switzerland, and Denmark.

It said some 56 foreign journalists and media personnel are also set to cover the election. A good number of them are already in Bangladesh while many others are on their way to Dhaka, it added.