Election officials in Bangladesh say the parliamentary
election set for the end of this month will have more election observers than
any poll in the country's history.
They say thousands of observers will deploy to polling stations around the
country to verify the integrity of the December 29th election, which is
designed to return Bangladesh to democracy after nearly two years of
military-backed emergency rule.
The chief election commissioner (A.T.M. Shamsul Huda) said (Monday) 25-hundred
will be foreign observers, including teams from the European Union, the
Commonwealth and the United Nations, plus local poll monitors.
He said the commission will require strict neutrality from observers, and if
any are caught showing bias toward one of the parties, they will be
He also said first-time voters may be a key force for political change.