EU Regrets Not All Major Parties Participated In Polls

EU Flag || Photo: Collected

EU Flag || Photo: Collected

The European Union said on Tuesday (January 9) that they regretted that not all major parties participated in Bangladesh’s general election held on January 7.

‘The EU regrets that not all major parties participated in this election,’ said a statement statement by the High Representative on behalf of the European Union on the parliamentary elections.

‘The European Union takes note of the outcome of the Parliamentary elections, which were held in Bangladesh last Sunday and reiterates that the long-term EU-Bangladesh partnership is underpinned by the values of democracy, human rights and the rule of law,’ the statement read.

‘The EU welcomes the agreement of the authorities to make public the upcoming report and recommendations of the EU Election Expert Mission. In the same spirit of transparency and accountability, we call upon the relevant authorities to ensure a timely and full investigation of all reported election irregularities,’ it said.

‘The EU condemns the acts of violence that occurred during the electoral period and urges everybody to refrain from violence in the post-election period. It is also key that the rule of law, judicial independence, due process and the right to peaceful assembly are respected and upheld in this period and beyond. In this regard, detention of opposition figures is highly concerning,’ the statement said.

‘The EU strongly encourages all stakeholders to respect political pluralism, democratic values and international human rights standards and to engage in peaceful dialogue. It is essential that the media, civil society and political parties can carry out their work without censorship or fear of reprisals,’ it said.

‘The EU will continue to work with the Government of Bangladesh on the priorities that characterise our longstanding relations in the political, human rights, trade and development spheres including the country’s possible future access to the GSP+ preferential trade scheme,’ said the statement.

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