US ambassador to Bangladesh Earl Robert Miller on Monday expressed his hope that the elections to two cities of Dhaka would be ‘festive, free, credible and participatory.’
He said the voters should have the rights to go out and vote whatever candidates they would choose to vote for.
‘Election turnout in Bangladesh is often found much higher than that of the United States,’ he told reporters after his meeting with chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda at the Election Commission building in Dhaka. Elections to both the Dhaka north and south cities will be held on February 1.
The US ambassador said they, along with other members of diplomatic corps, would see how the democratic process would work during the polls.
He also lauded the participation of two major political parties and their alliance partners in the elections. Encouraging all voters to participate in the process the US envoy said it was not an easy process but ‘vitally important’ process.
The ambassador said the officials explained him about the use of electronic voting machines in the February 1 city corporations’ polls.
Election commissioner Shahadat Hossain Chowdhury was with the CEC during the meeting.
On December 22 last, the CEC announced the election schedule for the polls fixing January 30 as the election day but the date was deferred to February 1 as the previous date coincided with Saraswati Puja.
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