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PM blasts foreign missions for appointing local employees as election observers

  • Published at 11:01 am February 1st, 2020
Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina vote\
Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina speaks to reporters after casting his vote in Dhaka city polls at at the Dhaka City College centre on February 1, 2020 Focus Bangla

She questions how a Bangladesh national can be a foreign election observer

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has sharply criticized the foreign missions in Dhaka that appointed their Bangladeshi employees as foreign election observers, terming this action "outrageous."

She also criticized the Election Commission for accepting those locals as foreign election observers, reports UNB.

"...They did not do the right thing, there are many Bangladesh nationals engaged in jobs in foreign missions here…they [foreign missions] have appointed them [Bangladesh citizens] as foreign election observers…they have done a very outrageous deed," she said on Saturday.

The prime minister said this while talking to reporters after casting her vote at the Dhaka City College polling centre after 8am.

She questioned how a Bangladesh national can turn into a foreigner and a foreign election observer when the person is just doing duty in a foreign mission situated in Bangladesh. 

"They must not send them as foreign election observers… they did not do the right thing," she said.

Sheikh Hasina, also the chief of the ruling Awami League, said the foreign missions in Bangladesh can express their concern as the country's past history is not good.

After the assassination of Bangabandhu on August 15, 1975, she said, everyone had witnessed how the game was played with the voting rights of people.

"But we have gradually overcome that, there are nothing to be concerned about," she said.

The prime minister also mentioned that those who have expressed their concerns about the elections in Bangladesh, all know the examples of the elections held in their own countries. 

"We know some instances of the elections of their countries."

The prime minister said the foreign missions in Bangladesh which they have selected locals as foreign election observers have some sort of hostile attitude towards Bangladesh. 

"I know some of their fathers were involved in the August 15 massacre, some of them were anti-liberation ones, they were engaged in genocide and helped the Pakistani forces," she said.

She questioned about the judgement of the Election Commission as they accepted Bangladeshi local people as foreign election observers where it is clearly written that foreign election observers must be foreign nationals.

"How they (Election Commission) have accepted it, I do not know how they accepted the country's nationals as foreign election observers. They did not do the right thing by accepting that," Hasina said.

The prime minister also said that the Election Commission should not count those Bangladesh nationals doing jobs in foreign missions as foreign observers. 

"They can come to polling centres as voters, but not as election observers," she said.

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