Desk report, Dec 05: The United States on Monday reiterated its desire to see free and fair elections in Bangladesh, saying that it did not want to speculate the outcome of the upcoming general election.
According to the US government’s official website, US State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller, during a regular media briefing on December 4, was asked that how the US government was assessing the possibilities of a free and fair election atmosphere in Bangladesh in light of the current situation in the country.
In response to the question, he replied, ‘I’m not going to speculate on the outcome of the elections.’
‘I will say what we have said a number of times before,’ he added.
Miller said that the US would continue to engage with the government, opposition, civil society, and other stakeholders to urge them to work together for the benefit of the Bangladeshi people to ensure free and fair elections.
He said that the US also wanted to see that elections were conducted in a peaceful manner.
The next national election is scheduled to be held on January 7 in 2024.