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    The United States will also not deploy observers for the January-5 national elections in Bangladesh


    The United States will also not deploy observers for the January-5 national elections in Bangladesh following similar decisions taken by the European Union (EU) and the Commonwealth which altogether questions the credibility of the coming election.


    “…the United States will not deploy observers for these elections. We remain prepared to reengage our observation efforts at a later time in a more conducive environment,” said Jen Psaki, Spokesperson of the US State Department, in a press statement issued from Washington on December 22.


    The statement said the US believes Bangladesh has an opportunity to demonstrate its commitment to democracy by organising free and fair elections that are credible in the eyes of the Bangladeshi people.


    “The United States notes with disappointment, however, that the major political parties have not yet reached a consensus on a way to achieve such elections, since more than half of the parliamentary seats are uncontested for the January 5 polls,” it said.


    The US government urged the major political parties to continue their dialogue and redouble their efforts to find a solution worthy of the people of Bangladesh.


    “The people of Bangladesh deserve the opportunity to elect their national representatives in a climate free of violence and intimidation. The nation’s political leadership - and those who aspire to lead - must ensure law and order and refrain from supporting violence, inflammatory rhetoric, and intimidation,” said Jen Psaki.


    The United States encouraged all political parties and Bangladeshi citizens to participate peacefully in the political process. “Violence is not acceptable because it subverts the democratic


    The statement also said the United States believes all parties and Bangladeshi citizens have the right to freely and peacefully express their views. “The government is responsible to provide space for such activity; equally, the opposition is responsible to use such space in a peaceful manner.”


    So, it is now clear that National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the
    International Republican Institute (IRI) are not sending observers for the January-5 elections.


    Earlier, the Commonwealth also decided not to send observers to Bangladesh to monitor the January-5 national elections following the European Union’s (EU’s) suit.


    On November 25, Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad announced that the 10th general election will be held on January 5, a schedule turned down by the BNP-led 18-party alliance.


    As per the current election schedule, there is no scope for the main opposition BNP to join the 10th Parliamentary Election.


    The opposition alliance has been on nonstop agitation programmes since the announcement of the polls schedule, demanding the arrangement of the election under a non-party administration and cancellation of the schedule.



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