Next election will be free, fair, without violence

Home minister tells EU delegation

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal today assured the visiting European Union (EU) delegation that the upcoming general election would be free and fair.

“The election will be held as per the country’s constitution in a free and fair manner and without violence,” he said while briefing journalists at his secretariat office after an hour-long meeting with the EU delegation-led by EU Special Ambassador on Human Rights Eamon Gilmore.

Among others, Secretary to Security Service Division of the Home Ministry Abdullah Al Masud Chowdhury, Additional Secretary (Political) Khairul Islam, and Additional Secretary (Police) Md Ali Hossain were present during the meeting.

Terming the meeting with EU delegation as very cordial and friendly, the home minister said that they mainly wanted to know about the Rohingya crisis and preparations taken for holding the next general election.

The Election Commission (EC) will work independently during the three months time of the government and the then constitutional government will extend their all-out support to the EC, he also told the delegation.

Replying to a query from a journalist regarding the capability of the law enforcing agencies for holding a free and fair election, the minister said that the law enforcement agencies are quite capable and ready to help the EC to conduct a violence-free and fair election in the country.

Replying to another question, Kamal said that we have traced 27 out of the 76 missing people and most of them disappeared themselves due to various reasons.

“We would be able to trace the rest of the missing people,” he hoped.

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