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UN chief wants peaceful polls in Bangladesh

 Staff Correspondent :: staff-correspondent

 Published: 05:16 PM, 27 December 2018   Updated: 05:16 PM, 27 December 2018

Daily Bangladesh Desk

Daily Bangladesh Desk

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday urged all stakeholders to ensure an environment free of violence, intimidation and coercion before, during and after the general election in Bangladesh. 

In a statement attributable to his Spokesman Stephane Dujarric, he said, “The Secretary-General in the run-up to the 30 December general elections in Bangladesh calls on all stakeholders to ensure an environment free of violence, intimidation and coercion before, during and after the elections, so as to enable a peaceful, credible and inclusive poll.” 

“All Bangladeshi citizens, including minorities and women, must feel safe and confident in exercising their right to vote,” ‍said the UN Secretary-General. 

“Civil society and electoral observers should be fully supported to play their role in the process,” the statement added. 

The Secretary-General reiterated the continued commitment of the United Nations to support a peaceful and democratic Bangladesh.  

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