Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has stated that the next national election will be held as per the constitution.
The Premiere made the statement on Friday evening while addressing the nation on completion of the fourth year in office of the second consecutive term of her government. On this day in 2014, the Awami League formed the government for the second consecutive term after a landslide victory in the 10th Jatiya Sangsad elections.
Sheikh Hasina also hoped that all the parties registered with the Election Commission will take part in the polls for upholding the country’s democratic process.
“As per the Constitution, the 11th parliamentary elections will be held at the end of 2018. How the election will be held is clearly stated in our Constitution. An election-time government will be formed as per the Constitution which will provide all-out cooperation to the Election Commission to conduct the election,” she said.
Her address, around 27-minutes long, was aired simultaneously on Bangladesh Television, Bangladesh Betar as well as on private TV channels and radio stations.
Sheikh Hasina said the President constituted the new Election Commission as per the recommendations of a search committee and the Commission has already gained people’s confidence through conducting some local government elections, including ones to two city corporations, in a fair manner.
“I hope all the parties registered with the Election Commission will participate in the next general election and help uphold the country’s democratic flow,” she said.
The Prime Minister, however, expressed her apprehension that vested quarters might try to create an anarchic situation in the country over the next election.
She also warned that people will not accept the loss of lives and property in the name of a movement boycotting the election.
Describing people as the county’s owners, Sheikh Hasina asked them to determine their goals.
“You have to decide what you want to see — advancement of the country or backward march of Bangladesh. Think for a moment what was the position of the country 10 years back,” she said.
Hasina said her government wants to develop Bangladesh as a rich country and is implementing a number of mega projects to this end.