Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina denies “irregularities” in polls
Dhaka: Bangladesh’s PM Sheikh Hasina has vehemently denied any “irregularities” in recently concluded Assembly polls in the country. Anti-corruption group Transparency International said on Tuesday it found “irregularities” in 47 of 50 constituencies it surveyed during last month’s general election in Bangladesh, which was marred by allegations of vote rigging.
She became PM for the 3rd consecutive time. The poll was tainted with severe allegation of ballot stuffing, voter intimidation and the occupation of polling booths among other malpractice, reported Transparency International.
The Government has, in turn, questioned the credibility of the group. It has also brought into fore a possible link in between Transparency International and Bangladesh’s main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).
The alliance dominated by Hasina’s Awami League won 287 out of 298 seats.
The main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) won just 6 seats.
Opposition leaders have so far boycotted parliament after rejecting the vote result.
At least 19 people, including workers of the Awami League, were killed in political violence on Election Day, according to police.
The United Nations (UN) this month called for an independent and impartial investigation into the December 30 election, while Western governments, including the United States and the European Union, have condemned the election-day violence and called for a probe into a range of irregularities.
Sheikh Hasina is yet to respond to the UN’s suggestion.