The European Parliament will not observe the forthcoming 11th parliamentary election in Bangladesh, that is scheduled for December 30.
The co-chairs of the European Parliament’s Democracy Support and Election Coordination Group made a statement in this regard.
“The European Parliament will not observe this electoral process and consequently will neither comment on the process nor on the results that will be announced afterwards. Moreover, there will be no European Union Election Observation Mission.”
It said no individual member of the European Parliament has been mandated to observe or comment on this electoral process on its behalf.
Besides, there will be no European Union Election Observation Mission, reads the statement.
“Any statements made by members of the European Parliament on these elections therefore do not represent in any way the view of the European Parliament or the European Union.”
The statement was issued by MEPs David McAllister (EPP, DE) and Linda McAvan (S&D, UK).
The European Parliament stated its position on the elections in its resolution of November 15, which expressed the hope that the elections will be “peaceful, transparent and participatory so that citizens can express a genuine political choice; calls on the political forces to refrain from any violence or instigation of violence during the electoral period.”
The European Parliament’s announcement follows the EU’s decision not to send observers to Bangladesh this time.
In the EU system, the EP only sends a limited number of observers who then become embedded into the EU election observer missions.
This time, the EU earlier in October informed the Bangladesh Election Commission that they would not send their full-fledged election observer mission. Only two ‘electoral experts’ will be deployed.
Earlier, the EU cancelled two election observer missions for Bangladesh in 2006, when the election was postponed, and in 2014, when a major opposition BNP’s boycott led more than half of the seats elected uncontested.