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By Zeba Siddiqui and Ruma Paul

DHAKA (Reuters) – The Most In style Observer Group Following Bangladesh Elections and Considered one of them

Election Leaders to victory and third consecutive time to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and his ruling alliance, although Western governments, together with america, have referred to as for reviews of irregularities

The chairman of the SAARC Human Rights Fund advised Reuters that he believed that the vote should happen after the voters and The accounts of a few of the polling station officials have been heard that the Hasin Aami League activists crammed the poll bins the night time earlier than the poll day and the intimidated voters. These accounts could not be independently verified by Reuters.

"Now I have come to know it all, and I can say that the elections were not free and fair," said Mohammad Abdus Salam, a 75-year-old former unit of the High Courtroom

When Reuters revealed this story, the SAARC Human Rights Basis issued a press release, saying that Salam was wrongly written. She quoted her saying that she advised reporters that "the mosque people said the elections were not properly implemented," however that she didn’t really feel capable of provide an opinion because she was not an observer.

"I am responsible for a responsible and prudent callings," the opinion said Salam saying. "This false news has damaged the prestige and pysymistäni, and I'm frantic."

Reuters by the re-connection, Salam refused to further touch upon

Canadian observer, The Tanya Foster Foundation had additionally informed Reuters that he regretted his involvement, but within the following e-mail and letter he regretted that he was distrustful and harassed by the media and others when he returned to Canada and not his precise participation as an observer.

Reuters spokesman said: "We are staying in the position of election observers. "

Several observers introduced by the Basis said they would proceed to vote. Gautam Ghosh, Kolkata, Indian lawyer, and Hakimullah Muslim and Nazir Miya, members of the ruling Communist Social gathering in Nepal, said they would stay truthful in their unique statements.

" We heard about violence but we never saw anything with our own eyes. We cannot comment on what happened elsewhere, "said Miya. Ghosh said he had by no means seen such good elections. had already criticized the European Union for US, US and UK officials for the irregularities found through the elections

Transparency Worldwide reported last week's election from 30 choice boards and opposition voters did not get to the polling stations, which said that the ruling get together was alone in lively campaigning at all The Government has rejected Transparency Worldwide for lack of reliability. (BNP) group "doll." Imam didn’t reply to requests for further feedback on the Reuters report on supervisors' suspicions.

The BNP-led federation has rejected the election without calling it a stake when greater than 95 % of parliamentary seats have been swept by Awami's alliance and its allies. The USA, the European Union and the United Kingdom have since referred to as for statements about voting and intimidation.

Several US groups, such as the Washington International Republican Institute (IRI), also followed the vote, however haven’t achieved

The US State Department had expressed disappointment before the elections that some US-funded observers needed to withdraw their plans to watch the vote, as Bangladesh did not difficulty visas "within the necessary time". Bangladesh denied the delay of visas and said it might comply with the suitable procedure.

Political specialists said that observers have been key to strengthening the credibility of the survey, which was Bangladesh's first absolutely collaborating election in the decade. BNP had boycotted the newest vote in 2014.


The SAARC Foundation introduced observers from Canada, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka who spoke to the press on election day and beyond.

Throughout New Yr's Eve, after July after being declared the winner who brought him the third direct-term energy, Hasina sat on a white sofa in his residence with journalists and election observers

"They voted so keenly, especially women and young generations," Hasina said . "When I came to my country you have also given us a good opportunity to show how democracy works."

As the microphone had passed around the room, the SAARC Basis for Human Rights and other observers, together with the Islamic Cooperation Organization established by Saudi Arabia, which accepted the vote as truthful, congratulated Hasina on the victory.

The first spoke to Foster, who referred to as the elections "very fair and democratic". "In Canada it feels like it's a similar process," Foster said when Hasina smiled again.

Hasina's son Sajeeb Wazed, a authorities info and communication know-how advisor, has repeatedly tweeted the Basis's observers' statements, which call for truthful and peaceable elections.

Though its initials and emblem are similar to the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), a well known intergovernmental group within the area, the SAARC Human Rights Basis in Dhaka just isn’t affiliated with this group.

Secretary-Common Abed Ali informed Reuters the group had applied for approval from SAARC and waited for it soon. Nevertheless, Kathmandu-based SAARC spokesman informed Reuters that he had never heard of Ali or his group.

Its advisory committee is headed by the legislator of the Hasinan Awami League, and consists of the previous Jatiya Celebration legislator, who has typically joined the Awami League. The previous minister on the previous BNP board can also be listed on the panel, however not on the current opposition members.

Ali said present and former legislators "only support humanitarian action".

"I want to make it clear that we have nothing to do with the political party, he added. Mohammad Ruhul Amin, who stood in this election and is also a member of the advisory panel, did not respond to the requests for comments.


In their initial interview with the group chairman Reuters Salam, his organization's observers had followed only a few polling stations, so they had no room for voting. to make a clear assessment of the fairness of the elections. He said that he was not directly involved in organizing survey observers. "I need to speak concerning the fact," he told Reuters at the Foundation's headquarters in a dusty two-room apartment on the ground floor of the Mirpuri industrial city on the outskirts of Dhaka. "I don't do this for political benefit."

He did not recognize the chairmen he said he had spoken to him confidentially because they felt guilty of participating. Reuters could not independently verify the accusations.

Ali rejected the president's comments saying, "Are you able to write one thing based mostly on one thing that claims one thing?"

Foster, a political analyst at the Saskatchewan Provincial Government, told Reuters that he had heard from Canada about Bangladesh that the SAARC Human Rights Foundation is known as foreign election observers

. I thought it would be an interesting experience, and I asked SAARC and the Electoral Commission, and they checked me and offered me an invitation to be an observer, ”said Foster, whose daughter Chloe Foster also joined the observer panel. [19659004] They had never acted as international observers in previous national elections.

In retrospect, he said, "I don't feel great about it. I feel like I'm too naive."

"I don't know that our reviews are so beneficial once we only looked at 9 polling facilities and only at Dhaka," he added. "We didn't go to extra hostile areas.

Foster said in his subsequent e mail and letter to Reuters that he was in his feedback on election day: he was not witnessing the irregularities in the election.

Foster said he was sorry for the strain he had on journalists and others when he returned to Canada.

Chloe Foster was not obtainable to remark

Ali, Secretary-Common of the Foundation, said that ladies had expertise of monitoring elections in Canada.

(Serajul Quadir Supplemental Report in DHAKA and Gopal Sharma in KATHMANDU; Modifying by Martin Howell and Alex Richardson)

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