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Govt to allow foreign observers in next national polls

Published : 08 Jan 2023 10:03 PM | Updated : 09 Jan 2023 02:33 PM

Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Sunday said the government will surely allow foreign observers during the next national election. 

"We will surely allow them (foreign observers) ... we have nothing to hide," he told reporters after the inauguration of the e-gates at Sylhet Osmani International Airport in Sylhet. 

The minister said the Awami League government wants to see a participatory election by ensuring all parties on board. 

He said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina made the commitment that the next 

election will be free, fair, transparent, acceptable and inclusive. 

"Awami League has always formed government through elections ... (as) This country was created based on democracy, human rights and to establish justice," he said. 

The minister said foreigners don't need to give prescription to Bangladesh. "In our country, elections are very participatory. There is enthusiasm and joy," he added. 

Momen said those who come to make remarks on Bangladesh, they actually have lack of knowledge regarding the country's history. 

He said Bangladeshis fought to uphold human dignity and the principles are deeply rooted in every citizen.

The foreign minister said the strength of Bangladesh passport has been increased to a large extent in recent years. "The e-gate programme will 

further increase the strength of our passport," he added.