Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina said that there was no alternative to reform in the caretaker government system and Election Commission (EC) to ensure free and fair polls, reports BDNEWS.
"Without reforming the caretaker government and electoral systems, no election can be held in a free and fair manner."
Sheikh Hasina stated this while speaking at a meeting with Johan Candline, executive director of International Human Rights (IHR) body Fast Step Forum and goodwill ambassador of Finland, at her Sudha Sadan residence in the city Saturday.
Also present on the occasion were AL general secretary Abdul Jalil MP, international secretary Syed Abul Hossain MP and publicity secretary Asaduzzaman Nur MP.
Sheikh Hasina apprised the leading human rights activist about government repression on opposition supporters and minority groups after the last general elections. She also mentioned the emergence of the Islamist militants 'under patronage of the BNP-led alliance government.'
Asaduzzaman Nur told reporters after the courtesy meet that the Finnish goodwill ambassador expressed his deep concern over the violation of human rights in Bangladesh. He said they also had a talk on international terrorism.
Johan Candline: "We expect the next election in Bangladesh to be free and fair and we are ready to provide any help required in this regard."