Overseas observers trust in EC: data minister

Info Minister Hasan Mahmud has mentioned that international observers appear assured concerning the Election Fee’s potential to conduct free and honest elections in step with the structure.

He mentioned this to reporters after a gathering with a bunch of international election observers at his secretariat workplace this afternoon.

US political analyst Terry L Easley, and Irish European Union affairs reporter Nick Powell have been the 2 foreigners within the delegation. The others have been the Election Monitoring Discussion board’s Chairman Abed Ali, and administrators Dr Abul Kalam Azad, Dr Azadul Haque, and Mohammad Iqbal Bahar.

Awami League Aid and Social Welfare Secretary Aminul Islam Amin attended the assembly.

Hasan mentioned, “The election monitoring workforce got here to fulfill me and requested me many questions on the upcoming election. Particularly, they mentioned what the federal government is getting ready for the following election or what’s the current state of affairs of the Election Fee.”

“I instructed them that the election might be held beneath the Election Fee and the current authorities will solely play the position of a facilitator through the election,” Hasan mentioned.

The minister mentioned after the announcement of the election schedule, the federal government doesn’t have authority over the sphere administration, police, public administration and different establishments which can be engaged in election work.

“The federal government can not switch any official or take any disciplinary motion towards any officer with out the permission of the Election Fee.”

“I believe they’ve realised that it’s potential to carry a free and honest election in Bangladesh within the mild of the present structure beneath the Election Fee,” he added.

Hasan Mahmud mentioned, “They got here to know that town company elections have been fairly free and honest and the voter participation was greater than 50 p.c … All those that harassed a candidate in Dhaka-17 [Hero Alom] constituency have been arrested.”

Replying to a query on BNP’s participation within the election, Hasan Mahmud mentioned, “Many of the BNP leaders wish to contest the election. BNP is a celebration that’s not permitting anybody from the celebration to take part in any election to the union parishad or town company. However virtually everybody of their celebration needs to contest elections.”

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