America's allegation - Bangladesh's elections were not free and fair, India said - they were held peacefully

Pankaj Prasad
Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina
Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina

A three-member delegation from the Election Commission of India praised the apex election body of Bangladesh.

Sheikh Hasina is going to become the Prime Minister of Bangladesh once again. In the general elections held on Sunday, his party Awami League won two-thirds of the 300 seats. America did not call the elections held amid boycott of BNP as free and fair. While India appreciated the peaceful general elections in Bangladesh.

A three-member delegation from the Election Commission of India on Monday lauded Bangladesh's apex election body for careful planning and peaceful conduct of the recently concluded elections. At the same time, America expressed concern over the arrest of thousands of political opposition members and stressed that these elections were not free and fair. The United States expressed regret that not all political parties participated in the elections.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has secured her fourth consecutive term in a one-sided election. His Awami League party won more than half of the parliament seats in an election boycotted by its opponents. This will be his fifth term so far. She will become Prime Minister for the fifth time.

This election is not free or fair

The US State Department says, 'The United States shares the view with other observers that these elections were not free or fair. We also regret that not all parties participated. America believes that the Awami League Party has won most of the seats in the parliamentary elections held on January 7.

Additionally, the US said it was concerned by the arrests of thousands of political opposition members. Apart from this, he is also troubled by the news of irregularities on the election day. It also condemned the violence that occurred during and in the months leading up to the elections. Also encouraged the Bangladesh government to investigate reports of violence.

The US State Department said, 'The United States is committed to partnering with Bangladesh to advance a shared vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific.'

Election Commission of India hails peaceful general elections

A three-member delegation from the Election Commission of India on Monday lauded Bangladesh's apex election body for careful planning and peaceful conduct of the recently concluded elections.

"We appreciate the efforts of the Election Commission of Bangladesh in conducting the election process and its plans and arrangements to facilitate it," the statement said.

Director General B Narayanan and Principal Secretary Mohammad Omar, led by Senior Deputy Election Commissioner Dharmendra Sharma, visited Bangladesh as observers for the 12th parliamentary elections. They thanked the Election Commission of Bangladesh for inviting the Election Commission of India as an observer.

The three-member delegation visited several polling stations and witnessed the voting process firsthand. He said, 'We saw the citizens of Bangladesh peacefully exercising their electoral rights at the polling stations.'

He further said that India shares cordial relations with the Election Commission of Bangladesh. We look forward to continuing our cooperation.