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Observers term 11th general elections free and fair

  • Published at 01:24 pm December 31st, 2018
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Members of foreign and local observers team speaks at a press briefing on Monday, December 31, 2018 Focus Bangla

Observers said voters were able to cast their votes in festivity and without fear, where the Awami League-led Grand Alliance emerged victorious for the third consecutive term

A group of foreign and local observers from the Election Monitoring Forum and the Saarc Human Rights Foundation have termed the recent national election “free and fair,” and in accordance with international standards.

The observers, at a press conference held in the capital on Monday, said voters were able to cast their votes festively and without fear.

The Election Monitoring Forum, an association of 31 organizations and 26 NGOs registered under the Election Commission, lauded the role of the Election Commission in holding a peaceful election.

However, they also expressed grief at the loss of lives outside Dhaka during electoral clashes, but they were assured the commission will investigate the incidents.

"Considering all aspects, we can say the 11th parliamentary election in Bangladesh was free and fair," Executive Director of Election Monitoring Forum and Secretary General of Saarc Human Rights Foundation, Prof M Abed Ali, told reporters.

Canadian observer Tania Foster said what she saw was very peaceful and well-organized and the presence of security personnel on the ground was enough to ensure security for voters.

Special representative of Sri Lanka's Saarc Human Rights Foundation, Mohammed Ehsan Iqbal, confirmed that Sunday's election was the most peaceful election held in Bangladesh and wished people of Bangladesh the best in the days to come.

Among others, Executive Director of Election Monitoring Forum and Secretary General of Saarc Human Rights Foundation, M Abed Ali, Canadian observer Tania Foster, and Indian observer Dr Gautam Ghosh, spoke at the event.