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12:00 AM, January 09, 2014 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:38 AM, March 08, 2015

Low turnout, poor reflection of voters' will

Low turnout, poor reflection of voters' will

Germany, France on Bangladesh polls

The influential countries have continued to express their concern over the violence centring the just-concluded national elections in Bangladesh, noting that the polls were an extremely poor reflection of voters' will.
In separate statements on January 5 polls, France and Germany strongly regretted the violence, especially against religious minorities, surrounding the elections.
They stressed the need for resuming dialogue among political parties to resolve the current crisis and bringing about inclusive, peaceful and credible democratic elections.
The Federal Foreign Office of Germany yesterday said, the federal government had noted with regret the circumstances surrounding the polls.
These elections were an extremely poor reflection of the electorate's will. The number of people killed or injured during the campaign and the election day itself was appallingly high.
"We condemn the violence that surrounded the elections and call upon all political forces to refrain from any form of violence and intimidation, especially against religious minorities."
The federal government urges the Bangladesh government and all political parties to overcome their differences and work together to bring about inclusive, peaceful and credible democratic elections, said the statement issued by the German embassy in Dhaka.
The foreign affairs ministry of France in a statement on Tuesday said France was closely monitoring the situation in Bangladesh, following the holding of elections marked by violence and a very low voter turnout.
"We call on all parties to demonstrate calm and restraint and encourage the main political forces to resume dialogue within the framework of the country's democratic institutions,” the statement added.

 

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