Bangladesh elections were free and fair, US observers say

127 international election observers are present in Bangladeshi capital Dhaka to observe the crucial elections.

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Bangladesh elections were free and fair, US observers say

DHAKA: US observers have hailed the recent Bangladesh elections as “free and fair”.

The “sham election” as the opposition called it, was held under Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s watch and was boycotted by the main opposition political party.

There was no effective political rival to Hasina’s Awami league candidates in Sunday’s vote.

US Observer Jim Bates and team observing polls in Dhaka on Sunday

US observers hail the election

An election observer from the US, Jim Bates along with his team has described the Bangladesh elections as “free and fair.”

Bates told reporters that “I would like to say it is a free and fair election already,”

“The thing they keep talking about is low turnout, that is a misnomer. In some countries, voting goes on until 5/6pm or even months,” he said.

127 international election observers are present in Bangladeshi capital Dhaka to observe the crucial elections.

Disgrace to democracy

Tarique Rahman, the BNP chairman who lives in exile in London due to corruption allegations against him that he denies as politically motivated, said: “What unfolded was not an election, but rather a disgrace to the democratic aspirations of Bangladesh.”

He shared “disturbing pictures and videos” backing his claims, the guardian reported.

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