New BD EC issue on agenda in next Brussels meet: EU envoy

Dhaka,  Sun,  23 October 2016
Published : 17 Oct 2016, 23:40:31

New BD EC issue on agenda in next Brussels meet: EU envoy

The European Union (EU) will discuss the formation of new Election Commission (EC) in Bangladesh at the next Bangladesh-EU joint commission meeting in Brussels in December next as the tenure of the current EC expires in February next year, report agencies.

"We've a history of cooperation between the EU and the Election Commission in Bangladesh. So this is very much on top of our agenda," said Pierre Mayaudon, the EU Ambassador and Head of Delegation in Bangladesh, on Monday.

He mentioned the sub-committee on democracy, governance and human rights issues under which the issue of future Election Commission will be discussed at the joint commission meeting scheduled for December 20.

Responding to a question on the next general election in Bangladesh, Ambassador Mayaudon said, "[the year] 2019 is still far away but it's not so much far actually."

The EU Ambassador was responding to queries at DCAB Talk arranged by the Diplomatic Correspondents Association, Bangladesh (DCAB) at a city hotel. DCAB President Angur Nahar Monty and General Secretary Pantho Rahman also spoke at the programme.

The EU refrained from deploying any Election Observation Mission ahead of the last national election boycotted by BNP saying the EU remains nonetheless ready to observe the elections should the political conditions allow for the holding of transparent, inclusive and credible elections.

Responding to a question on security development, the EU diplomat said the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping and England cricket team, now in Bangladesh, are obviously creating a 'sense of confidence and optimism' in terms of security environment.

He, however, said all will have to consider the issue of security in a 'holistic manner' so that the objective of having 'business as usual' can be achieved as quickly as possible.

Mayaudon said they do not live in fear but they are conscious and laid emphasis on joint efforts to ensure security for all. "The government has taken steps to drastically improve security environment (after July 1 attack)."
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