UN assistance not needed for holding election: Information Minister
Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud today said Bangladesh needs no assistance from the United Nations (UN) to arrange elections since the Election Commission (EC) is capable enough to hold fair and transparent polls.
"The Election Commission of Bangladesh is very strong, and I don't think it needs anyone's help to hold elections," he said.
The minister came up with the remarks at a programme of Bangladesh Secretariat Reporters Forum (BSRF) as journalists sought his reaction to UN Resident Coordinator in Bangladesh, Mia Seppo's comment on the UN's assistance for holding elections in Bangladesh.
Stating that the EC has already conducted many elections in Bangladesh in a very fair and transparent manner, Dr Hasan said Bangladesh is not Somalia or Ethiopia that it needs the UN's help to hold elections.
He, however, said it is completely a different issue if anyone wants to observe elections in Bangladesh. "But the Election Commission doesn't need any assistance to conduct elections."
Mia Seppo yesterday said the UN will provide electoral assistance to Bangladesh only if there is any request on that particular front.
Responding to questions at "DCAB Talk" at the Foreign Service Academy, she also said, "The UN doesn't provide electoral assistance unless we're asked to."