Govt has no plan to hold early election: PM

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7 December, 2017 17:04 PM

Govt has no plan to hold early election: PM

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the government has yet to make any decision over holding an early election.

She said: "Holding early election is a normal democratic process. Any democratic country can announce early elections if the situation demands. But, our government has no plan to hold early parliamentary elections as no such situation has yet been created in the country."

The PM made the remarks while replying to the queries of journalists at Thursday's press briefing.

Regarding the nomination process of the upcoming general elections, she said: "We encourage all the members of our party to participate in the elections as it is their political rights. We will nominate the best candidates after reviewing their activities."

"We have launched a number of surveys ahead of the election to nominate the popular and honest candidates. I cannot disclose the information right now but I can assure that we will select the eligible people."

Asked whether the government will hold any dialogue with the BNP over the next general elections, she said: "I cannot hold any talk with those who had given shelter to war criminals and have killed people. But I believe, BNP will not make the same mistake again and they will join the polls."

The prime minister was addressing a press conference over her recent visit to Cambodia.

During the visit, the two countries signed 10 instruments -- an agreement and nine memorandums of understanding (MoUs) -- to boost trade and investment relations as well as enhance cooperation in various fields like tourism, agriculture, civil aviation, ICT and technical education. 

The agreements were signed after the official bilateral talks between Bangladesh and Cambodia held at Peace Palace in Phnom Penh.