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EU delegation meets BNP leaders, discusses election issues

  • Published at 03:42 pm November 29th, 2018
European Union delegation in a meeting with BNP leaders
European Union delegation in a meeting with BNP leaders, ahead of the 11th general election, at the chairperson's Gulshan office on Thursday, November 29, 2018 Dhaka Tribune

Earlier in the day, the EU delegation also had a meeting with Awami League leaders

BNP senior leaders have shared their concerns and observations over the 11th general election with a delegation of the European Union (EU).

The three-member EU team, led by its Ambassador to Bangladesh Rensje Teerink, had a one hour and 45 minute meeting with the BNP leaders at the party chairperson's Gulshan office on Thursday, reports UNB. 

The two other members of the EU delegation are election experts David Noel Ward and Eirini-Maria Gounari.

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Standing Committee members Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan, Nazrul Islam Khan, Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury, Organizing Secretary Shama Obaid and Executive Committee Member Tabith Awal were present at the meeting, among others.

However, there was no briefing from any side about the meeting.

Contacted, a BNP leader who was present at the meeting said they shared with the EU team about their concerns and observations over the election.

"We talked about the Election Commission's failure to create a level-playing field, filing fictitious cases against our leaders and activists, the arrest and jailing of our leaders, including our candidates, the biased role of the ommission, and civil and police administrations," the BNP leader said.

He said the EU team told them that David Noel Ward and Eirini-Maria Gounari will stay in Bangladesh for 40 days to know the election situation.

They also said they are closely following the election activities of the political parties, the Election Commission and other stakeholders, and will submit a report to the headquarters based on their observations.

Earlier in the day, the EU delegation also had a meeting with Awami League leaders.

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