More than 5,000 observers for Bangladesh local government polls

July 27th, 2008 - 2:04 pm ICT by IANS  

Dhaka, July 27 (Xinhua) More than 5,000 local and international observers will monitor local government elections next month in four cities and nine municipalities in Bangladesh, reports said Sunday. The Aug 4 elections would be the first after the caretaker administration took over Jan 22 last year and are being viewed as a test run to the proposed general elections in December this year.

So far, 16 foreign missions have announced plans to employ 119 observers to monitor the polls, The Daily Star newspaper reported quoting the Election Commission (EC).

Meanwhile, local organizations have sought the commission’s permission to deploy some 5,000 observers.

The caretaker administration took over Jan 12, 2007, a day after a state of emergency was promulgated to quell political violence between major political parties over abortive ninth parliamentary polls set for Jan 22, 2007.

The EC has announced the stalled general election will be held in December 2008.

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