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UK welcomes participatory polls, urges resolution of complaints

  • Published at 11:50 am January 2nd, 2019
WEb_Election officials emptying the ballot boxes_Mahmud Hossain Opu_
Election officials emptying the ballot boxes in order to count votes in a polling center in Dhaka on December 30, 2018 Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific Mark Field made the comment in a press release on Wednesday

The United Kingdom has urged a full, credible and transparent resolution of all complaints related to the conduct of the 11th parliamentary elections in Bangladesh.

Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific Mark Field made the comment in a press release on Wednesday, after the announcement of the unofficial results for the recently held polls.

In a statement published on the UK government portal, he said: “While I welcome the participation of all opposition parties in these elections, I am aware of credible accounts of obstacles, including arrests that constrained or prevented campaigning by opposition parties, and of irregularities in the conduct of elections on polling day that prevented some people from voting.

“I urge a full, credible and transparent resolution of all complaints related to the conduct of the elections.”

He pointed out that free, fair, peaceful and participatory elections are essential to any functioning democracy. 

“It is vital for the government and all political parties to now work together to address differences and find a way forward in line with the interests of the people of Bangladesh,” Mark Field said in the statement.

The press release concluded with the statement: “We (UK) have a broad and important partnership with Bangladesh, and a significant Bangladeshi diaspora in the UK. 

“We will continue to support the people of Bangladesh in their aspirations for a more stable, prosperous and democratic future.”