EU won’t send election observers

The European Union has decided not to send a mission to Bangladesh to observe the national elections scheduled for January 5.
The EU high representative has decided to halt for now the preparations for the deployment of an election observation mission.
The decision was made amidst escalating political violence throughout the country that has claimed a number of innocent lives in the past few days.
In a statement on Friday, the spokesperson of the EU high representative, Catherine Ashton, said, ‘The main political forces in Bangladesh
have been unable to create the necessary conditions for transparent, inclusive and credible elections despite many efforts, including most recently under UN auspices.’
The statement urged all sides to refrain from violence and encouraged all political leaders to respect the right of people to express their democratic choice.
The European Union, however, remains ready to observe the elections where political conditions allow for the holding of transparent, inclusive and credible elections, the statement said.
Earlier, European Union ambassadors in Dhaka recommended to its Brussels headquarters that no international observers should be sent to monitor the forthcoming elections in Bangladesh.