Nations call for fresh election in Bangladesh

The UN, US, UK, Canada and Australia called on Bangladesh to hold its controversial elections again.

Nations call for fresh election in Bangladesh

World Bulletin / News Desk

Expressing extreme disappointment over Sunday’s vote and election results, the United Nations, Commonwealth of Nations, the United States, the United Kingdom and international community urged all to reach an agreement soon to allow the fresh elections to be participatory truly in Bangladesh.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon called for the two parties ‘to resume meaningful dialogue and to urgently address the expectations of the people of Bangladesh for an inclusive political process.’

Spokesman for the secretary general said in a statement on Tuesday that he was saddened by loss of lives and violence that marred Sunday’s parliament elections in Bangladesh which received low participation.

The US encouraged the government and opposition parties to engage in immediate dialogue to find a way to hold fresh elections that are free, fair, peaceful and credible as soon as possible.

The US is disappointed by the recent parliament elections in Bangladesh. “With more than half of the seats uncontested and most of the remainder offering only token opposition, the results of the just-concluded elections do not appear to credibly express the will of the Bangladeshi people,” said US State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf on Monday.

Australian government also calls new elections in Bangladesh. Minister for foreign affairs Julie Bishop has expressed deep concern over the ongoing violence and political discord which marred the election in Bangladesh held on January 5.

"Canada urges all parties to reach an agreement soon that would allow the next election to be truly participatory, with results that all Bangladeshi will see as credible," Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird said in a statement on Monday.

The Commonwealth of Nations has also expressed disappointment over the limited participation and low voter turnout in Bangladesh elections, and encouraged dialogue among political parties for a more inclusive and peaceful political process.

"The limited levels of participation and the low voter turnout are disappointing," said Kamalesh Sharma, Commonwealth of Nations Secretary General, in a statement.

The United Kingdom (UK) has termed the just concluded parliamentary election in Bangladesh disappointing and deplored violence and political harassment.

General strike extends

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) led 18 party alliance on Tuesday extended its ongoing 48-hour general strike by 12 hours until 6pm Wednesday demanding the cancellation of Sunday’s elections.

The opposition will also stage demonstration across the country on January 11, and on January 10 prayers day in memory of those killed during the elections period. The general strike began at 6.00 a.m. Monday.

Two people were killed and four people sustained injures in separate incidents during the opposition strike program.

One man was killed and three people were injured as pickets allegedly set a truck on fire on Dhaka-Bogora highway in Salanga during the opposition general strike on Tuesday. The deceased had not been identified yet.

Another man was burned alive and another one was injured after miscreants hurled petrol bomb on a covered van on Dhaka-Chitagong highway early on Tuesday. The deceased was identified as Sah Alam (30), the driver of the covered van.

Last Mod: 08 Ocak 2014, 10:15
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