The government strongly rejected the biased and unreasonable statements of six international civil society organizations regarding the recently held free, fair, credible and peaceful 12th parliamentary elections.
This information was informed in a statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Saturday.
The Ministry of External Affairs said, ‘The allegations raised in the statement are false and baseless. The international community and various countries have already praised and welcomed the new government for conducting free, fair, credible and peaceful elections. In this context, the call for fresh elections is absurd and unacceptable.’
The statement said, ‘The 12th National Assembly elections were held in a very free, fair, transparent, festive atmosphere and with the massive participation of the people. A total of 1,534 candidates from 28 registered political parties and 436 independent candidates participated in the elections. In some places, especially in rural areas, the voting rate was 70 percent or more. However, the average voter turnout across the country was 41.8 i.e. around 42 percent due to relatively low voter turnout in urban areas.
‘The Independent Electoral Commission has conducted the election in a very fair and just manner. Despite the BNP’s pre-election violence and threats to disrupt the polls, polling day was peaceful and festive except for isolated incidents at a handful of polling stations. International election observers and journalists who actively covered the election from the field confirmed their initial reactions.’
“Members of law and order forces have dealt with incidents of violence with restraint and within legal boundaries ahead of the election. No person was arrested for political reasons. Those who hurled petrol bombs at people and vehicles, set fires, killed and injured people and disrupted public life were arrested on specific charges to disrupt the elections. These measures were necessary to uphold the rule of law and protect the rights of all citizens.’
‘Therefore this joint statement is misleading, one-sided and unacceptable. It appears that the statement was purposely issued to encourage anti-democratic and anti-election forces who tried to sabotage the elections.’