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180 foreign observers applied to oversee polls

Published : Friday, 29 December, 2023 at 12:00 AM  Count : 155

Foreign Ministrys spokesperson Seheli Sabrin said on Thursday that the government has received applications for 180 people from 35 countries to observe the parliamentary elections to be held on January 7.

"So far, 10 countries have confirmed their participation. Besides, about 30 other officials from different countries will come to Bangladesh as election observers," she said in a regular weekly briefing at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Some of the journalists have been informed through email that they can apply for visa now, Sabrin said adding that a media cell is also working to that end.

She said issues related to budget for managing the international observers are under consideration.

Earlier, Seheli Sabrin said nine countries - India, Sri Lanka, China, Russia, Japan, Uzbekistan, Mauritius, Georgia, and Palestine - would observe the 12th parliamentary elections.Gambia later added to the list.

Besides, OIC, Commonwealth and Arab Parliament will also observe the elections. A four-member EU expert panel is also in Dhaka to observe the election.

An IRI, NDI joint team will also observe the elections.

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