The United States supports democratic process not any political party or candidate, US ambassador to Bangladesh Robert Miller said on Tuesday.
“We are looking forward to the upcoming 11th parliamentary polls. We support the democratic process not any party or candidate,” he told reporters after a meeting with Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda at Nirbachan Bhaban in the city’s Agargoan area. He also said they do not support any activity which obstructs the democratic process.
However, he said the US will send separate election observation teams in short as well as tong-terms to oversee the parliamentary polls. The US embassy will appoint polls observer across the country, he added.
“All political parties can contest in the polls and get equal chance for holding their polls campaigning. The commission should keep eye on the matter that all can hold meetings and rally,” he also said.
When asked about the meeting with the CEC, the US ambassador said, “We came to the commission to discussing about the forthcoming national election. We have urged the EC to ensure the participation of all political parties in the polls so that all can get chance to do politics in the country.”
Miller expressed hope that the environment during the polls will be peaceful.
“The US inspires the Bangladesh government to hold a free, fair and acceptable elections.10.40 crore voters will franchise their voting right in the polls,” he said.
National Democratic Institute (NDI) will assist US election observers, he said, adding that the United States will finance 15 thousand local election observers working with Election Working Group (EWG) with the assistance of United Kingdom and Switzerland.