Election Commission is totally independent: PM to Norwegian minister
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today (April 25, 2022) said her government has been working on strengthening democratic environment in the country.
"The government has been working on strengthening democratic environment and institutions in the country. The Election Commission which conducts the polls is a totally independent institution," the PM was quoted as saying.
She said this when visiting Norwegian Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt paid a courtesy call on her at Gono Bhaban.
PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.
Hasina said Bangladesh remains committed to building a peaceful, just and inclusive society.
She said Bangladesh's democracy suffered when the military rulers captured power. "They (the military rulers) ascended to power using guns and then descended on politics by forming political parties," she was quoted.
At the outset of the meeting, they exchanged greetings marking the 50 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
The Norwegian minister commended Bangladesh for sheltering 1.1 million Rohingya refugees. "We know it is an economic pressure on Bangladesh."
Huitfeldt said the cooperation between the two countries will be deepened further.
Recalling the Norwegian support to Bangladesh since the 1971 Liberation War, Sheikh Hasina said Norway came forward to support the post-independence nation-building works undertaken by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
"Norway remained our close and valued development, trade and investment partner since then," she said.