US unhappy over KCC polls irregularities

United News of Bangladesh . Dhaka | Published: 01:30, May 17,2018 | Updated: 01:30, May 17,2018

 
 

Marcia Bernicat

The United States has expressed disappointment over reported irregularities and intimidation in Tuesday’s Khulna City Corporation
elections but congratulated all the parties on making the elections inclusive.
United States ambassador in Dhaka Marcia Bernicat made the observation on Wednesday saying it was very encouraging that a wide range of political parties had participated in the polls. ‘I congratulate everyone.’
Expressing disappointment over the reported irregularities, the US ambassador said it necessitated transparent investigation and the reported irregularities and intimidation were ‘very disappointing’.
She encouraged all parties to stay within the boundary of the rule of law in future elections as pledged.
The US ambassador was speaking to reporters at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs after her hour-long meeting with foreign secretary M Shahidul Haque.
Meanwhile, the United Nations at its regular briefing on Tuesday reiterated its call for holding free and fair elections in Bangladesh.
Awami League-nominated mayor candidate Talukder Abdul Khaleque won the Khulna City Corporation polls with a big margin on Tuesday.
The Bangladesh Nationalist Party, however, alleged that the KCC elections were marred by irregularities, including ballot stuffing and driving out polling agents of the rival group.
The ruling party criticised the BNP for misleading people and asked the party to take a lesson from the Khulna City Corporation elections. 

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