UN Secretary General calle on all stakeholders to ensure an environment free of violence, intimidation and coercion before, during and after the general election in Bangladesh.

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United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has called on all stakeholders to ensure an environment free of violence, intimidation and coercion before, during and after the general election in Bangladesh.

He, in the run-up to the December 30 general election in Bangladesh, said an environment free from violence will help enable “peaceful, credible and inclusive” polls.

“All Bangladeshi citizens, including minorities and women, must feel safe and confident in exercising their right to vote,” said Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for the UN Secretary-General in a statement on Thursday.

Dujarric said civil society and electoral observers should be fully supported to play their role in the process.

The UN Secretary General reiterated the continued commitment of the United Nations to support a peaceful and democratic Bangladesh.

In a tweet message posted Thursday, Dujarric said, “Ahead of the upcoming elections in Bangladesh, the UN General Secretary calls for an environment free of violence, intimidation and coercion.”

In the message, he also said that all Bangladeshis, including minorities and women, must feel safe and confident in exercising their right to vote.

UN Spokesperson‏ @UN_Spokesperson

Ahead of the upcoming elections in Bangladesh, @antonioguterres calls for an environment free of violence, intimidation and coercion. All Bangladeshis, including minorities & women, must feel safe and confident in exercising their right to vote. full text: https://www.un.org/sg/en/spokesperson …

 

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