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Election to be fair, says Hasina

  • Published at 10:25 pm September 2nd, 2018
PM Sheikh Hasina
File Photo of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Focus Bangla

Bangladesh will follow the system practised in India and Britain

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said there is no doubt that the next general election will be held in a free and fair manner.

"There's no doubt the election will be free and neutral... we're not here to rig votes," she said while addressing a press conference at her official residence Ganabhaban.

The press conference was arranged to brief the media about the outcomes of her just-concluded visit to Nepal for attending the 4th Bimstec summit, reports UNB.

"We're working for people. If people vote us, we'll be there in power again, otherwise not. I repeatedly said it. I mean what I say," Hasina said.

The premier said the election must be held (in time) and no one can resist it. "No one has the capability to foil the election."

Regarding the unelected polls-time government or caretaker government, the prime minister said Bangladesh has a bad experience about it. "Once they sit in power, they don't want to leave; we had this experience in our country."

She said Bangladesh will follow the system practised in India and Britain.

"Only during a mid-term election, Parliament dissolved and the election is held within next 90 days of the dissolution of Parliament," she said.

Hasina said this system had been incorporated in the 1972 Constitution of the country and it has been reincorporated in it after an apex court verdict.

In the Constitution, Hasina said, it has been made mandatory to sit in sessions of Parliament after every 60 days except the three-month period of the election time.

"Parliament will be there, but not functional. This has been done to ensure the vacuum during the transitional period from one government to another," she said.