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Japan expects relatively good elections in Bangladesh

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Japan’s Ambassador to Dhaka Ito Naoki said that Japan expects better elections in Bangladesh this time than last time. Japan hopes that the Bangladesh government will take steps to ensure free and fair elections.

The Japanese ambassador expressed this hope in response to a question on the ‘Decab Talk’ program organized at the National Press Club in the capital on Tuesday morning. The event was organized by the Diplomatic Correspondents Association of Bangladesh (DICAB).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Asked about Bangladesh’s expectations for the next national election, Ito Naoki said, “Elections are supposed to be held by the end of next year. The media is spreading news about this election every day. Regarding the election, I have noticed that the government has taken some positive steps. These include the enactment of new laws and the formation of new election commissions. So I hope the government will take steps for better, free and fair elections this time than last time.

Speaking to reporters, the Japanese ambassador said, “You may be surprised to hear that the Japanese embassy in Dhaka issued a statement expressing concern shortly after the December 2016 elections. The main concern there was election violence. It is imperative that every citizen be able to exercise his or her right to vote freely. In this situation, there is no opportunity to underestimate the role of the media.

Ito Naoki said, “Japan has said in discussions with government representatives that it wants to see relatively good and free and fair elections in Bangladesh. We will continue to raise the issue of our expectations for free and fair elections with the concerned people of the government.

The Ambassador of Japan also emphasized on the role of the media in the conduct of free and fair elections. He said it was important for the media to be able to work independently in the interest of holding good elections. How the aspirations of the people can be reflected in the media is important.

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