Foreign diplomats and representatives from over 30 countries were present at the meeting
The Jatiya Oikya Front and BNP leaders on Sunday urged diplomats stationed in Dhaka to convince the government to hold another election in a free and fair manner to resolve the crisis over the 11th national polls held on December 30.
Oikya Front chiefDr Kamal Hossain said this while briefingreporters aftera meeting with the diplomatsfrom 4pm to 5:30pmat Hotel Amari in the capital.
“We had a very conducive discussion with the diplomats. We drew their attention to what had happened on the voting day. We provided them a pen drive with the documents highlighting the incidents happened before and after the elections.They themselves saw what had happened. There was no controversy about it,” he added.
He further said, “Those who attended the meeting also want a practice of democracy in Bangladesh.”
“We are able to convince the diplomats that the election was not fair. They understood what we were talking about and assured us of persuasion,” said Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury, Gonoshasthaya Kendra founder, while talking to reporters.
Zafrullah further said, “We placed information and data over the election irregularities before them.We told them that we want another fair election, which will help restoredemocracy in the country.”
Diplomats and representatives from over 30 countries were present at the meeting.
Jatiya Oikya Front chief Dr Kamal Hossain and BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir led the meeting where delegates from the USA, UK, France, Norway, Denmark, Canada and Germany attended, along with delegates from the European Union.
Party sources said that the Foreign Affairs Committee had several meetings to prepare the briefing materials for the diplomats.
It had prepared a video documentary as well as a report based on inputs from across the country on polls violence. Incidents, including the rape of Noakhali woman and the arrest of a Khulna-based journalist for reporting on an alleged irregularity in vote counting were highlighted in the briefing.
A video footage showing attack on opposition supporters and the minority as well as setting their houses to fire at several districts, including Faridpur was screened at the event.