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Polls must be held on time: PM

Polls must be held on time: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday (Oct 22) categorically said the polls must be held in Bangladesh on time, brushing aside confusions about the next general elections.

“The Election Commission is taking preparation for the next polls and it will be held as per the commission’s schedule . . . I believe the election will surely be held,” she told a crowded press conference at Ganabhaban in Dhaka in the afternoon.

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader and Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali were present on the dais with the premier, while PM”s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim moderated it, local media reports said.

Sheikh Hasina said “the Election Commission is independent and they are taking preparation for the next polls independently and the government has no role in this regard”.

“We want free and fair elections be staged in Bangladesh and I believe that elections will be held Insha Allah,” she said.