Washington, Jan 7 IBNS | 11 months ago

The US has said the results of the Bangladesh polls, which was hit by violence, did not appear to be 'credible'.


"The United States is disappointed by the recent Parliamentary elections in Bangladesh. With more than half of the seats uncontested and most of the remainder offering only token opposition, the results of the just-concluded elections do not appear to credibly express the will of the Bangladeshi people," USState Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said in a statement.

Harf urged the government and the opposition parties to hold talks over holding fresh polls.

"While it remains to be seen what form the new government will take, United States commitment to supporting the people of Bangladesh remains undiminished. To that end, we encourage the Government of Bangladesh and opposition parties to engage in immediate dialogue to find a way to hold as soon as possible elections that are free, fair, peaceful, and credible, reflecting the will of the Bangladeshi people," Harf said.

The US State Department spokeswoman said: "We condemn in the strongest terms the violence from all quarters that continues to mark the prevailing political impasse. Violence is not an acceptable element of the political process; we call on all to stop committing further violence. Bangladesh's political leadership - and those who aspire to lead - must do everything in their power to ensure law and order and refrain from supporting and fomenting violence, especially against minority communities, inflammatory rhetoric, and intimidation. "

Sheikh Hasina's ruling Awami League on Monday won the parliamentary elections in Bangladesh, held under the shadow of violence and a boycott called by the main opposition BNP on Sunday.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who is thus set for another term, thanked the people of Bangladesh for participating in the polls despite obstructions by the opposition.

The win of Hasina was but expected since the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) which leads an 18 party alliance had boycotted the polls.

The counting had started right after the polls were over on Sunday. About 21 people had died in the poll violence.

(Posted on 08-01-2014)