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Dhaka, 10 December 2018
JOINT LOCAL STATEMENT on Parliamentary elections
As the formal campaigning period for the upcoming parliamentary elections begins, the undersigned Heads of Mission of the European Union and the Heads of Mission of Norway and Switzerland call upon the Government of Bangladesh, the Bangladesh Election Commission and all stakeholders to ensure a genuine, credible, inclusive and transparent electoral process.
The Heads of Mission urge all stakeholders to uphold and protect the citizens' rights to universal suffrage, freedom of expression and right to peaceful assembly and welcome the commitments made by the Bangladesh Election Commission and the Government of Bangladesh in this respect. They urge all political parties to meet their democratic responsibilities and to refrain from violence; and law enforcement agencies to strictly adhere to the rule of law. Media and civil society scrutiny is particularly important in ensuring transparency throughout this process.
Participatory elections constitute an important step in the ongoing process of national development for all Bangladeshi citizens.
Heads of Mission:
H.E. Ms. Rensje Teerink, Ambassador, Delegation of the European Union
H.E. Ms. Alison Blake, High Commissioner, British High Commission
H.E. Mr. D. Álvaro de Salas Giménez de Azcárate, Ambassador, Embassy of Spain
H.E. Ms. Charlotta Schlyter, Ambassador, Embassy of Sweden
H.E. Ms. Marie-Annick Bourdin, Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of France
H.E. Mr. Peter Fahrenholtz, Ambassador, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
H.E. Mr. Harry Verweij, Ambassador, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
H.E. Ms. Winnie Estrup Petersen, Ambassador, Embassy of the Kingdom of Denmark
H.E. Ms. Sidsel Bleken, Ambassador, Royal Norwegian Embassy
H.E. Mr. René Holenstein, Ambassador, Embassy of Switzerland