The premier said in line with the constitution the next election was set to be held at the end of 2018 and ahead of the polls an election time government will be formed and that government will provide all assistance to the election commission.
Making it clear that the next general election will be held as per the Constitution, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday (Jan 12) expressed her high optimism that all the parties registered with the Election Commission will take part in the polls for upholding the country's democratic process.
"As per the Constitution, the 11th parliamentary elections will be held at the end of 2018. How the election will be held is clearly stated in our Constitution. An election-time government will be formed as per the Constitution which will provide all-out cooperation to the Election Commission to conduct the election," she said.
The PM said this while addressing the nation marking the completion of her government's four years in office after the Jan 5, 2014 national election.
The PM's speech was simultaneously broadcast by Bangladesh Television, Bangladesh Betar as well as private TV channels and radio stations in the evening.
Sheikh Hasina in her around 26-minute speech said the President constituted the new Election Commission as per the recommendations of a search committee and the Commission has already gained people's confidence through conducting some local government elections, including ones to two city corporations, in a fair manner.
Sheikh Hasina reiterated her determination to build Bangladesh as a middle income country by 2021 and a developed and prosperous one by 2041.