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UN does not send election observers without specific mandate: Dujarric

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ spokesman Stephen Dujarric said the UN does not send observers to any country’s election without a specific mandate. He said this in response to a question at the regular briefing of the United Nations on Friday. At this time, Dujarric said, “As far as I know, this decision was made a few days ago.”

Stephane Dujarric spoke on various issues of the world in a regular briefing on Friday at the office of the spokesperson of Secretary General Antonio Guterres in New York. At this time, he was also asked about the Bangladesh issue. The question says, ‘Bangladesh is determined to hold free, fair and participatory elections. For this, Bangladesh will welcome all kinds of cooperation from democratic allies. Is the United Nations planning to send observers during the twelfth national elections in Bangladesh?

In response to this question, Stephen Dujarric said, ‘No. Very recently, as I recall, the UN decided not to send observers anymore unless there was a specific mandate.’

In another question, Dujarric was asked that the Bangladesh government had written to the Secretary-General seeking the support of the United Nations, calling the people’s demands for democratic and suffrage as unreasonable and orchestrating political pressure before the elections. This is known from the reports published in the press. What do you say about this?

Antonio Guterres’ spokesman Stephen Dujarric responded, “I have not seen the letter. Instead, I will tell you the same thing about Bangladesh elections. The United Nations expects free, fair and credible elections in Bangladesh.’


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