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12:00 AM, March 28, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:54 AM, March 28, 2019

'Election not held fairly'

US State dept reaffirms

US Department of State stands by its claim that the last parliamentary election of Bangladesh was not held in a fair manner, said Robert Palladino, a spokesperson of the department, yesterday.

He reiterated the US' stance on the polls, at a regular press briefing in Washington on March 26 (local time).

The spokesperson mentioned that the US wants to continue working with the Bangladesh government on issues of mutual interest.

Referring to its report on human rights situation in Bangladesh, Palladino said: “…the December 2018 election was neither free nor fair given widespread reports of irregularities, including ballot box stuffing and intimidation of opposition polling agents and voters.”

USA looks forward to working with the government and the opposition, he said.

After the US State Department released its human rights report earlier this month where it reported that the parliamentary election saw irregularities and intimidation, ruling Awami League rejected it, terming it "biased".

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