European Parliament not to observe Bangladesh election

28 Nov,2018

UNB, Dhaka:

The European Parliament will not observe the general election in Bangladesh scheduled to be held on December 30.

No individual Member of the European Parliament has been mandated to observe or comment on this electoral process on its behalf, according to the statement issued by MEPs David McAllister and Linda McAvan.

The co-chairs of the European Parliament's Democracy Support and Election coordination group said they would not observe this electoral process and consequently would neither comment on the process nor on the results that would be announced afterwards.

Besides, there will be no European Union Election Observation Mission, reads the statement.

Any statement made by Members of the European Parliament on these elections therefore did not represent in any way the view of the European Parliament or the European Union, they said.

The European Parliament stated its position on the elections in its resolution of November 15, 2018, which expressed the hope that the elections would be peaceful, transparent and participatory so that citizens could express a genuine political choice.

It called on the political forces to refrain from any violence or instigation of violence during the electoral period.

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