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Poll will be free and fair: PM

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hasina-simplePrime Minister Sheikh Hasina has reiterated that the Jan 5 parliamentary election will free, fair and impartial, and held in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution.

She said all polls held in different tiers during the five years of her rule had been fair and neutral, and there would be no departure from the trend in the upcoming one either.The Prime Minister said this while visiting the Senior Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom, Sayeeda Warsi, at her office here on Thursday morning.The PM's Press Secretary, Abul Kalam Azad, briefed the press after the meeting.The two leaders had discussed matters of bilateral interests, he said.

Sheikh Hasina expressed happiness over the historic and traditional links and the partnership between Bangladesh and the UK.She hoped the relationship between the two countries would deepen with time.Sheikh Hasina recalled the invaluable support the British people and the government of Prime Minister Edward Heath had extended during the War of Liberation in 1971.Earlier, a delegation led by Policy Advisor for Asian Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, China, Ambassador Luo Zhaohui also met the Prime Minister at her office.During the meeting, the Prime Minister reiterated Bangladesh’s position on One China Policy, and sought more Chinese investment in various sectors, including infrastructure.Hasina said Bangladesh wanted greater transfer of Chinese technology as well as green technology to combat climate change.Stressing regional connectivity, the Prime minister said, it would enhance trade and commerce between the two countries.She also emphasized the need to cut the trade deficit between the two friendly nations.Ambassador-At-Large M Ziauddin, Principal Secretary Shaikh Md Wahid-Uz-Zaman and PMO secretary Mollah Waheeduzzaman, among others, were present.Later on the day, Warsi also met the Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury.