FOREIGN election observers yesterday said they did not find any instance of ‘election manipulation’ in the December 29 parliamentary polls as alleged by the BNP. (Full report)
The observers at separate press conferences in the capital said the election was free, fair and transparent and held in a peaceful atmosphere with high turnout.
They also urged all political parties including BNP to accept the election results for the sake of strengthening democracy in Bangladesh.
The winners should be generous and help the opposition parties play a constructive role in the parliament, they said, adding that the polls marked an important step towards re-establishing democratic governance in Bangladesh.
Disclosing the preliminary findings, European Union Election Observation Mission’s (EUEOM) Chief Observer Graf Lambsdorff said apart from minor technical difficulties, professionalism, transparency and credibility were the hallmarks of the ninth parliamentary elections.