EC to decide whether to allow foreign observers in upcoming elections: justice minister

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Justice Minister Anisul Huq. Star file photo

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Justice Minister Anisul Huq

Justice Minister Anisul Huq. Star file photo

Justice Minister Anisul Huq said today (1 November 2022) that the Election Commission will decide whether foreign observers will be allowed to observe the upcoming parliamentary elections.

“The government will provide all assistance to the Electoral Commission to organize free and fair elections in the country, as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has pledged to do so,” he said during a briefing to the authorities. media after a meeting with Canada’s High Commissioner to Bangladesh Lilly. Nicholls at his ministry office in the Bangladesh Secretariat.

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He said they discussed different issues including digital security law and data protection law during the meeting.

The government will hold dialogues with stakeholders to formulate the data protection law, he said, adding that the law will be formulated to protect data, not to control data.

The Minister of Justice said he had asked the Canadian government, through High Commissioner Nicholls, to find another way to return the convicted murderer of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Nur Chowdhury, to Bangladesh because their law does not allow such people to be sent to countries where the execution of the death penalty takes place.

The Canadian high commissioner said she would discuss the issue with her government, Anisul said.

Earlier, the Canadian High Commissioner told the media that they discussed 50 years of friendship between the two countries as well as areas of mutual cooperation, including the importance of freedom of expression and the media in the democratic societies.

She did not allow any questions from reporters.

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