India EC observers to monitor Bangladesh polls

NEW DELHI, India will send observers to monitor the upcoming general elections of Bangladesh scheduled to be held on December 30.

The Indian Election Commission took the decision following a meeting held

between the India's Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora and Bangladesh

High Commissioner to India Syed Muazzem Ali here on Wednesday.

A team comprising 34 observers from the Indian Election Commission will

reach Dhaka closer to the date of Bangladesh's general elections to monitor

the polls, a senior official of Bangladesh High Commission told BSS today.

However, seeking anonymity an official said the Indian government has

already asked the election commission to send its observer to monitor the

polls.

Besides, a group of Indian journalists will go to Bangladesh to cover the

general elections.

The journalists representing of different national and international media

have already applied for Bangladesh visas to the high commission.

Bangladesh High Commission sources said they have already received visa

applications from over 40 journalists including from BBC,CNN, DW and other

foreign and local media willing to cover Bangladesh's general elections.

Apart from this, a group of journalists from Kolkatabased media will go

to Dhaka separately for covering the elections.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)