Sri Lankan observers to monitor Bangladesh elections

Nine international organizations and groups, including observers from Sri Lanka and a dozen foreign missions in Bangladesh are set to observe or watch the upcoming election in Bangladesh with their 188 observers and watchers, the Dhaka Tribune reported.

The Bangladesh Foreign Ministry has said 188 foreign observers and 56 foreign journalists are set to cover the 11th parliamentary elections on Sunday.

“The forthcoming 11th National Parliament Election scheduled on 30 December 2018 is going to be widely observed .by the foreign observers and journalists,” claimed the ministry in a press release.

Nine international organizations and groups and a dozen foreign missions in Bangladesh are set to observe or watch the upcoming election with their 188 observers and watchers, it said.

The European Union, the Commonwealth, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OlC), Forum of Election Commission Management of South Asia (FEMBOSA), lnternational Republican Institute (lRl), lnternational Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), Democracy lnternational (Dl), Dipendra Kandel lnitiative (Dkl) and South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Human Rights Foundation are the organizations that will observe the polls across the country.

The foreign missions in Bangladesh accredited to observe election include Embassies or High Commissions of the United States, the United Kingdom, Greece, Ireland, Japan, France, Germany, Canada, Switzerland, Denmark, among others.

Foreign observers are coming from countries such as Australia, Bhutan, Canada, India, USA, Samoa, Malaysia, the Maldives, Nigeria, Nepal, Palestine, Sri Lanka and the Philippines.

So far, 56 foreign journalists and media personnel are set to visit Bangladesh to cover the election. They will be representing different international media groups like BBC, Cable News lnt. lNC, Deutsche Welle, NHK, The Yomiuri, AFP, AP, News Agency, Al-Jazeera, German TV, TV Today Network, New York Times, Le Monde, The Economist, Zee News, Kyodo News, Times of lndia, The Hindu, National Public Radio, Strategic News, Frontline, The Week and more.

An International Election Observers’ Coordination cell has been established under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Another unit of the cell is operating in the Hotel Pan Pacific Sonargaon and a help desk has been set up at the Hazrat Shah Jalal lnternational Airport to welcome and assist the foreign guests. (Colombo Gazette)

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