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US to monitor elections: Earl Miller

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|  20 Jan 2020, 00:00 | Update : 20 Jan 2020, 19:55
Urging voters to vote in the upcoming Dhaka City elections US Ambassador Earl R Miller said, please take part in the voting. Perhaps, sometimes election process does not work properly. Sometimes it becomes troublous and untidy. But it is a very important process. United States will monitor the election which we have done in the last national election. But it will not act as election observer.

He said these to the newsmen after holding meeting with Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda at the Nirbachan Bhaban in the capital on Monday.

After holding the meeting Earl R Miller thanked the Election Commission and said, today is the holiday in the USA. Because, today is ‘Martin Luther King Day’. Nobody knows better than Martin Luther about the power and challenges in democracy. For this reason today I have come to the commission to discuss about the upcoming elections of Dhaka north and south city corporation. I have asked to see the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) and have learnt many things about it. United States hopes that the election will be peaceful, free, acceptable and in a festive atmosphere.

About EVM the US Ambassador said, we hope that the election will be participatory. We also hope that the participants in the election or the candidates will be allowed to participate accordingly. Officials here have explained me about vote taking process through EVM. They have explained it to the voters. But the important matter is that voters have to cast their votes after going to the vote centers, to the candidates whom they choose.

Earl R Miller also said, it is encouraging that, spectrums of the political parties are looking at each other as worthy opponents. As a result whoever wins will be the leader of Dhaka. It is very encouraging for the Dhaka city dwellers, which I was informed by the Election Commission. United States will monitor the election, which we have done in the last national election.

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