PM Hasina: Govt preparing to hold free, fair election

Election Commission of Bangladesh is totally independent, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina says

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said her government is taking all kinds of preparations to hold the next general election in a free and fair manner.

"The next election will be free and fair, and we are taking all kinds of preparations," she said when the outgoing Swiss ambassador, Nathalie Chuard, called on her at her parliament office.

Prime Minister's Speechwriter Md Nazrul Islam briefed reporters on the meeting afterwards.

The prime minister said after enacting the election commission law, the government formed a neutral election commission through a search committee.

She added: "Foreign observers will come to oversee the election and they will do their job freely."

Sheikh Hasina said the Election Commission of Bangladesh is totally independent and the government has no control over it and its budget.