Ahead of the 12th parliamentary elections, the EC has extended the application deadline for foreign observers interested in observing the elections on behalf of individuals and organizations to December 7 (Election Commission). Earlier, the EC had set the deadline for applications on November 21.
According to the international observer policy, any organization or individual can apply within this period by filling the form provided on the EC website in the prescribed manner. EC can be contacted if any information is required. Already 12 countries have informed the EC that they will come to observe the elections.
EC Additional Secretary Ashok Kumar Debnath gave this information in a press conference on Tuesday (November 21).
Ashok Kumar Debnath said, ‘Foreign observer organizations applied for extension of time. I presented the recommendation of their application to the commission. It was approved by the commission. This time has been extended to December 7 for foreign observers and journalists.
He also said, ‘I have received applications from 12 different observers as a country. I have received applications from four organizations as organizations. They agreed to come and observe our elections. 30 to 32 if considered as a number. However, this number may increase in the future. Among the four organizations, 11 from African Electoral, four from South Asian Development Forum, five from IRI and four from EU will come to observe the election. 32 to 33 as individuals.’
Ashok Kumar Debnath said in response to the question whether there has been a response to the observation compared to the past, ‘I have received a good response. Many will come to observe our elections as individuals and organizations.
The EC has written to the Ministry of External Affairs to inform about the increase in the time for inviting applications to the embassies and high commissions of various countries in Dhaka.