Tuesday, October 16, 2018 | ePaper

EU team for Independent EC

Free and fair polls a must

  • Print
Staff Reporter :
European Parliamentary delegations on Wednesday said, an independent election commission is very important for a free and fair parliamentary election.
The European delegation was also received by the BNP leadership. BNP's senior leaders sit in a meeting with European Parliamentary delegation over the imprisonment of its Chairperson Khaleda Zia, next parliamentary election and country's present political situation.
After the meeting Mirza Fakhrul told media that they discussed on free, fair and inclusive parliamentary election issue with EU delegation.
Replying a query Mirza Fakhrul said, EU sent their election observer if there is held an independent and credible election.   
Visiting eight-member EU Parliamentary body headed by Jean Lambert met Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda.
The delegation urged Bangladesh authorities to create the necessary conditions for inclusive, free and fair elections.
"We hope all parties will actually be willing to stand for election to make sure that people of Bangladesh can exercise their choice through the ballot-box," Jean Lambert told reporters at a press conference before wrapping up their Bangladesh visit.
She said that they had a meeting at the Election Commission and discussed how the next national election could be inclusive, free and fair.   
Lambert said they also discussed issues related to budget, capacity building and next election management.
MEPs met the State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam, Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda and Commerce Secretary Shubhashish Bose ahead of the general elections.
The MEPs recalled that up to EUR 690 million were earmarked in EU support for Bangladesh in the current Multiannual Indicative Programme 2014-2020 and reiterated their wish to remain engaged and to further support Bangladesh in areas such as human rights, good governance and the environment.
They also hoped that the impressive economic growth of the past years and the encouraging progress in the fight against poverty, which have made Bangladesh an important trading partner of the European Union, will further help achieve the goals to which it has committed, in a more inclusive manner.
The European Parliamentarians regretted, however, the deterioration of the human rights situation over the past few years, and took note of reports on hindrance to freedom of assembly and freedom of expression, enforced disappearances, extra-judicial killings and violence against women.
They also welcomed progress related to the Sustainability Compact, but recalled that a number of relevant issues in that context remained pending, notably in the area of labour rights.
The MEPs recalled the need to fully align the Labour Act and the EPZ Labour Act with ILO standards, in particular Conventions No. 87 and 98 on freedom of association and collective bargaining.
They noted, furthermore, that the likely graduation to middle income country status will require a transitional process to implement and monitor the required ILO Conventions.
The delegation of the European Parliament paid an official visit to Bangladesh from February 12 to 14.
Richard Corbett, James Nicholson, Wajid Khan and Sajjad Kari, in his capacity as rapporteur on South Asia in the European Parliament's International Trade Committee, were among delegation members.
The visit of European Parliamentarians (MEPs) was organized in two parts.
On Monday, MEPs visited Rohingya refugee camps in Cox's Bazar and gathered first-hand information on the ongoing exodus and refugee crisis.
This part of the visit was organized together with a Delegation of the European Parliament's Sub-committee on Human Rights, led by its Chairman Pier Antonio Panzeri, who travelled onwards to Myanmar.
During the second part of the visit, MEPs returned to the capital Dhaka for meetings with the Bangladesh authorities, mainly with its counterparts in the Jatiya Sanghad, the Bangladesh Parliament, and with representatives of civil society.
They appreciated the opportunity to inform themselves on developments in Bangladesh at an important juncture in bilaterauhl relations with the European Union, including the Bangladesh Sustainability Compact that aims at improving the working conditions in the ready-made garment industry, launched after the Rana Plaza tragedy.

More News For this Category

 Amend 9 sections of Digital Security Act

Amend 9 sections of Digital Security Act

Staff Reporter :Editors' Council on Monday demanded amendments to nine sections of the newly enacted Digital Security Act, which the council feared to be misused to gag the media.The council

Mahbub walks out of EC meet again on protest

Mahbub walks out of EC meet again on protest

Staff Reporter :Election Commissioner Mahbub Talukder has, once again, walked out of an Election Commission (EC) meeting after submitting a 'note of dissent'.While walking out of the meeting 10 minutes

Complaint filed against Zafrullah over remarks on Army Chief

An army officer has filed a general diary against Zafrullah Chowdhury, the leader of a professional group supporting the BNP, over 'false, targeted and treasonous' remarks he made about the

Cabinet gives go-ahead to draft Broadcast Bill

The Cabinet on Monday approved in principle the draft Broadcast Bill 2018 with a provision to form a seven-member Broadcast Commission to provide licences to broadcast media, including online ones,

20-party welcomes Jatiya Oikya Front: BNP

Leaders of the BNP-led 20-party alliance on Monday welcomed the new opposition alliance, Jatiya Oikya Front.BNP standing committee member and 20-party coordinator Nazrul Islam Khan came up with the remark

 Underemployment main challenge

Underemployment main challenge

Special Correspondent :Underemployment has become the main challenge amid growing labour force of the country, former Advisor to Caretaker Government Dr. Hossain Zillur Rahman has said.He said the issue of

8 including college teacher killed in road crashes

Staff Reporter :At least eight persons were killed and several others injured in separate road crashes across the country on Sunday night and Monday.In Dhaka, three people, including two friends,

Jatiya Oikya Front formed with FFs to defeat evil forces: BNP

BNP senior leader Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury on Monday said Jatiya Oikya Front was formed with the leaders who had contributions to the Liberation War to defeat the evil forces."Bangladesh's

A hand washing festival was inaugurated by Local Govt and Cooperative Ministry at Osmani Memorial Auditorium marking the Hand Washing Day on Monday.

A hand washing festival was inaugurated by Local Govt and Cooperative Ministry at Osmani Memorial Auditorium marking the Hand Washing Day on Monday.

AL happy at B Chy's exclusion, but keeps eye on Oikyo Front

Staff Reporter :The ruling Awami League is confident of victory in the next general elections, Eventually happy at the former President Badruddoza Chowdhury's exclusion from the new opposition coalition named