US focuses engagement with Bangladesh on transparent election

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Staff Reporter :
The United States is committed to persisting in its policy and dedicated focus on engaging with the Bangladeshi government, with a key emphasis on transparent elections.

“We have made it clear that we want to see a free and fair and peaceful election in Bangladesh, and that continues to be our policy.

That continues to be the focus of our engagement with the Bangladeshi Government,” Matthew Miller, US State Department Spokesperson, said during a briefing in the Washington DC on Tuesday.

He came up with the reply when the journalist asked him that the counterterrorism report of 2022 on Bangladesh suggested that the government, with assistance from the U.S., they have been actively
combating militants, leading to a decrease in terrorist incident in Bangladesh.

However, the concern raised that the political violence tied to the general election is perceived as a potential risk for the resurgence of militant groups.

What is your opinion? Can you suggest any plan to assist with the government in this point?

Miller said that the US government wanted to see a free and fair and peaceful election in Bangladesh.

Even on Monday, he said that the US government would continue to engage with the government, opposition, civil society, and other stakeholders to urge them to work together for the benefit of the Bangladeshi people to ensure free and fair elections that are conducted in a peaceful manner.

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The international community, including the UN and the US has continuously reaffirmed its commitment to promoting free, fair, and peaceful elections in Bangladesh.

They have been calling for transparent elections and the need for inclusive representation in the upcoming 12th parliamentary poll in Bangladesh.

The international community stressed the significance of ensuring that all citizens have the opportunity to participate in the democratic process without fear of intimidation or interference.

The diplomatic community several times expressed its hope that the Bangladeshi government would take necessary measures to create an environment conducive to free and fair elections.

Amid this calls, the political landscape is still mired with unresolved issues with the major opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) over the caretaker government and the dissolution of the parliament.

BNP said that the election under the incumbent government cannot be free and fair as the nation witnessed it in the last two general elections in 2014 and 2018.

As the election date approaches, the world community said that they would be watching closely the elections in Bangladesh.