Dhaka, Jan 2 (UNB) – Canada has welcomed the increased participation of opposition parties in Bangladesh national election saying it will continue to work with the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to advance mutual interests.
“Canada was one of the first countries to recognise Bangladesh’s independence in 1971, and will continue to work with the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to advance our mutual interests,” reads a statement shared by Global Affairs Canada about Bangladesh’s 11th national elections.
The country, however, said it remains disappointed by “credible claims of irregularities” exhibited during the campaign and called on the relevant authorities to work transparently with all parties to address these claims.
Canada, in the statement on Wednesday, extended its sympathy to all citizens and families affected by the violence that has occurred.
“In the transition period leading up to the installation of a new government, Canada calls on all concerned to proceed in a peaceful and lawful manner and to ensure that the rights to freedom of expression and assembly are protected,” reads the statement.
It said the participation of tens of millions of voters in Bangladesh’s parliamentary elections is a testament to the strong democratic convictions of the Bangladeshi people.
“Canada notes the importance of fair elections with a viable opposition, independent democratic institutions and freedom of the press to ensure that citizens are able to partake meaningfully in a strong and healthy democracy,” said the statement.