Update December 21, 2018

Dhaka 10-28 pm, 13-August, 2020

UN closely observing Bangladesh election situation

Mirajul Moin Joy

The United Nations has said it is closely following the situation in Bangladesh ahead of the national election scheduled to be held on December 30.

“We’re following the situation closely and it’s very important as a matter of principle that anywhere there are elections, that they be conducted freely and fairly and that the space be given for people to express themselves,” said Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, at a press briefing on Thursday.

Earlier at a regular briefing at the UN on December 10, the spokesman made it clear that the United Nations does not send observers saying, “The UN has no observers. We don’t send observers.”

“We believe, as a matter of principles, that elections should be held in a positive climate, free from any sort of intimidation,” said Dujarric.

Following a request for UN electoral assistance from the Bangladesh Election Commission, the spokesman said the UN office in Bangladesh is providing technical electoral assistance through the UNDP/UN Women’s support to the Bangladesh Parliamentary Election Project.

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