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UK: Bangladeshi people did not have fullest range of voting options

  • 'Democratic elections depend on credible, open, and fair competition’
  • Not all political parties took part in the elections, says a statement
Update : 09 Jan 2024, 12:53 AM

The UK in a post-election reaction has said the Bangladeshi people did not have the fullest range of voting options.

"Not all political parties took part in the elections. The Bangladeshi people did not therefore have the fullest range of voting options," a spokesperson of the British foreign office said on Monday.

“The United Kingdom notes the results of the 12th Parliamentary Elections in Bangladesh, which took place on 7 January 2024.

“Democratic elections depend on credible, open, and fair competition. Respect for human rights, rule of law and due process are essential elements of the democratic process. These standards were not consistently met during the election period. We are concerned at the significant number of arrests of opposition party members before polling day," read a statement.

“We condemn the acts of intimidation and violence that took place prior to and during the campaign period. Such conduct has no place in political life. Not all political parties took part in the elections. The Bangladeshi people did not therefore have the fullest range of voting options.

“The United Kingdom and Bangladesh share a deep and historic friendship. Creating the conditions for a sustainable political settlement and vibrant civil society will enable long-term growth.  We encourage all political parties to address their differences and find a common way forward in the interests of the people of Bangladesh. We will continue to support this process,” the statement added. 

 

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