'We are disappointed'
The United States has expressed disappointment over reported irregularities and intimidation in Tuesday's Khulna City Corporation elections but congratulated all the parties on making the elections inclusive. US Ambassador in Dhaka Marcia Bernicat made the observation on Wednesday saying it is very encouraging that a wide range of political parties participated in the polls. "I congratulate everyone."
Expressing disappointment over the reported irregularities, the US envoy says it necessitates transparent investigation and the reported irregularities and intimidation are "very disappointing".She encouraged all parties to stay with the boundary of the rule of law in the future elections as pledged.
The US envoy was speaking to reporters at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs after her hour-long meeting with Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque.Meanwhile, the United Nations has reiterated its call for the necessity of holding free and fair elections in Bangladesh and showing respect for the need.
The UN also drew the attention of all political parties and authorities for holding fair polls."We continue to call for the need for all parties and all authorities to respect the need for free and fair elections in Bangladesh and will continue to do that," Deputy Spokesman for the UN Secretary General Farhan Haq told a Bangladeshi questioner at a regular briefing at the UN headquarters on Tuesday.
Awami League-nominated mayor candidate Talukder Abdul Khaleque won the Khulna City Corporation polls with a big margin on Tuesday.
But, BNP alleged that the KCC elections were marred by irregularities, including ballot stuffing and driving out polling agents of the rival group while ruling party criticized BNP for misleading people and asked the party to take a lesson from the Khulna City Corporation elections.
-AA News Desk/UNB