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PM: Govt ensures citizens’ voting rights

  • Published at 02:47 pm September 5th, 2018
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina addresses the oath-taking ceremony of newly-elected mayors and councillors of Rajshahi and Sylhet City Corporations, at her office, on Wednesday; September 5, 2018 Focus Bangla

She says the government is fully committed to ensuring this right

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said that the base of democracy is established in the country—as her government has ensured citizens’ voting rights.

"We have ensured it [the environment] so that the people of Bangladesh can exercise their franchise freely," she said. She was addressing the oath-taking ceremony of newly-elected mayors and councillors of Rajshahi and Sylhet City Corporations, at her office, on Wednesday, reports UNB.

Sheikh Hasina said Awami League mayoral candidate AHM Khairuzzaman Liton secured victory in the Rajshahi City Corporation, while BNP's Ariful Haque Chowdhury won Sylhet City’s polls. "Both were sworn-in during one function," she said.

"People in every area have attained their voting rights and can elect candidates of their choice...it is proven today," she said.

The prime minister said democracy demands the voting rights of people—and this is a constitutional right. 

“We are fully committed to this [ensuring citizens’ voting rights]. We want people to have their rights in their hands.”

She said the government takes action in case of minor incidents, in any place, during any election. “We want people to enjoy their basic rights and elect the candidates and their government as per their choice.”

Pointing at the newly elected mayors and councillors, Hasina said: “No matter what party you belong to, work properly for the overall development of your respective areas. It is your duty.”

The prime minister assured all, irrespective of their political affiliation, that she extends her full cooperation because the representatives reflect the people’s choice.