Govt, EC fully ready to hold fair polls: CA
Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday said the government and the Election Commission are now fully ready to hold a credible election on December 29 with the participation of all political parties.
The head of the caretaker government said this when the visiting UN delegation, led by Francese Vendrell, former director of Asia Pacific Division of UN Department of Political Affairs, called on him at his office.
The CA told the UN team that two major political parties have accepted the election schedule and are preparing to contest the polls.
Vendrell appreciated the overall performance of the caretaker government and the Election Commission for holding a free and fair election.
He lauded various institutional reforms and completion of digitised voter list with photographs within a short period of time.
Chief Election Commissioner of Nepal Bhojraj Pokharel, ex-deputy director of Electoral Assistance Division of UN Department of Political Affairs Aracelly Santana, UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh Renata Lok Dissellien, and Political Affairs Officer, UN Department of Political Affairs Andrew Bruce were in the delegation.
The UN team that came here for a pre-election assessment emphasised a culture of gracefully accepting election results, particularly by those who are defeated in the elections.
After the meeting, CA's Press Secretary Syed Fahim Munaim, who was present at the meeting, briefed reporters about it.
The CA said his government has done everything possible for holding a free, fair and acceptable election, as the government was committed to this end since its assumption of office in January 12, 2007.
He hoped that the future governments would continue the reform process and strengthen the institutional reforms further.
The UN team left Dhaka yesterday and will come again on December 26.