New York

31 December 2018

Note to correspondents on elections in Bangladesh

In response to questions on the Bangladeshi elections, the Spokesman said the following:
The United Nations is aware of violent incidents and reports of irregularities in the Bangladesh general elections. We regret the loss of life and injuries sustained by candidates and voters during the electoral campaign and on election-day.
We welcome the participation of the opposition in elections for the first time in 10 years. We call on all sides to exercise restraint and ensure a peaceful post electoral environment, where people can maintain their right to assembly and expression. We encourage the parties to address electoral complaints in a peaceful manner and through legal means. Violence and attacks on people and property are not acceptable.