Communications Minister Obaidul Quader on Tuesday claimed that the upazila polls were more free, fair and neutral than any other elections in the past.
‘’Despite a political situation marking confrontational speeches, the elections were more free, fair and neutral than any other previous elections,” he said at a press conference at the Awami League president's Dhanmondi office in the city.
Obaidul said: “It is a quite complex and difficult task to conduct and manage such elections in our country of rising democracy… even there is lack of democratic patience and tolerance in the country.”
“There is no alternative to free, fair and acceptable election for the sake of maintaining democracy as desired by the people. But the mentality to win the election any how mars the democratic beauty,” he added.
The Communications Minister said it can not be denied there was no political violence in the upazila elections. “Despite such exceptional incidents, people could freely cast their votes to elect the candidates of their choice,”
He noted that the political parties supported their candidates under the local government elections although it is not legal to provide any direct support.
‘’We’ve a plan to hold the local government elections on party basis in future,” Obaidul said.
Obaidul claims UZ polls were free, fair