US Secretary of State Anthony Blanken has said that visas will be restricted for some Bangladeshi officials because they could affect the general election and there are fears of unrest.
According to the French news agency AFP, the US Secretary of State said that the US wants free, transparent and peaceful national elections and will target supporters of the government or the opposition in a highly divided society. I am announcing the new policy in support of those who wish to promote democracy in Bangladesh.
He said that current or former government officials, politicians, law enforcement agencies, judiciary and security services officials may be affected by this move. Those who are considered responsible or involved in damaging the democratic electoral process. Conducting free and transparent elections is the responsibility of all including political parties, voters, government, security forces, civil society and media.
Meanwhile, according to Reuters, the Foreign Ministry of Bangladesh has said in response that the government will take necessary measures to prevent illegal methods or interference in the election process. The election process will be closely monitored and will include international observers approved by the Election Commission.
The Ministry of External Affairs said that the Commission maintains its ability to conduct its affairs with complete independence, credibility and efficiency.
It should be noted that Bangladesh will hold elections in January next year and opposition parties are already protesting against the government on a large scale.