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PM promises to conduct free, fair and impartial elections Sheikh Hasina
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PM promises to conduct free, fair and impartial elections

Bangladesh Live News | @banglalivenews | 14 Jul 2023, 12:22 pm

Dhaka, July 14: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina reiterated her commitment to conduct free, fair and impartial elections in the country.

She said, "We have always fought for free, fair and impartial elections in the country and have already conducted free, fair and impartial elections."

Prime Minister made these comments while meeting visiting US Undersecretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Civilian Security Uzra Zeya at Ganabhaban on Thursday. After the meeting, Prime Minister's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed the journalists on this matter.

Uzra Zeya said her country has announced a new visa policy to support Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's promise of free, fair and impartial elections.

She said, "We have no bias towards any party. We want a free, fair and impartial election."

Sheikh Hasina said that she personally has always fought for the rights of the people since her student days and even the Bangabandhu family and Awami League.

She said, "We have always fought for the right of the people to elect their representatives".

She also said that BNP had started vote rigging in the country, which the present Awami League government has changed. In this context, she said, transparent ballot boxes have been introduced for the elections.

The Prime Minister recalled the atrocities, terrorist activities and arson by the BNP and its allies in 2013-15 in which 500 people were killed. She also mentioned the grenade attack on her on August 21, when Awami League leaders and activists protected him by forming human shields.

The visiting US Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights said he has already visited Rohingya camps and spoken with them. She emphasized on strengthening the coordinated international efforts to ensure the repatriation of forcibly displaced Rohingyas to their home countries in Myanmar.

Uzra Zeya noted that the United States will provide approximately US$74 million for operational costs in the Rohingya camps. She praised Sheikh Hasina for giving shelter to such a large number of Rohingyas in Bangladesh.

Uzra Zeya told the Prime Minister that his country will support the financial and economic development of Bangladesh.

Sheikh Hasina said that Bangladesh is currently sheltering more than 1 million Rohingyas in two different places in the country.

She added, however, that human trafficking and anti-social activities are now taking place in the camps - which is very worrying for the country's security.

While talking about the labour issue, Uzra Zeya said that the United States will work together with Bangladesh on labour reform initiatives. In this context, Sheikh Hasina said that she has personally encouraged the industrial owners to increase the wages and other facilities of the workers.

Prime Minister's Private Industry and Investment Advisor Salman Fazlur Rahman, Foreign Secretary Masood Bin Momen, Prime Minister's Office (PMO) Secretary Mohammad Salahuddin, Bangladesh Ambassador to the United States Mohammad Imran, US Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Assistant Secretary Dr. Donald Lu and US Ambassador Peter Haas were present.