Bangladesh’s free, transparent election impresses international observers

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Published on January 8, 2024
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International observers have hailed the 12th parliamentary polls in Bangladesh as a free, fair, and transparent election, meeting international standards.

Representatives from various international organisations and observers from multiple countries shared their impressions in a press conference at the Jatiya Press Club in Dhaka on Monday (Jan 8).

Paolo Casaca, the Executive Director of the South Asia Democratic Forum, highlighted the encouraging aspect of the election, stating that the Election Commission did not favour any political party.

Casaca mentioned satisfactory voter turnout and observed that women voted freely in the polling stations.

He reported that in the 25 polling stations he visited, the vote casting ranged from 11 to 69 percent until 3pm.

He also said voters did not face obstacles, and there were no incidents of intimidation at the polling stations.

The Awami League, led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, has secured an absolute majority in the polls, allowing it to form the government for a fourth consecutive term.