On the eve of Bangladesh's highly
significant parliamentary elections on 29 December 2008, the Secretary-General
Ban Ki Moon reiterates his call for a peaceful
electoral process. He appeals to all political parties to continue to
demonstrate responsibility, participate fully and honor the will of the
Bangladeshi people. The Secretary-General encourages the Caretaker Government
and the Election Commission to continue their efforts to ensure that the
elections are conducted in a free and fair atmosphere.
The Secretary-General wishes to
stress that a stable post-election climate will be vital for the effectiveness
and sustainability of the nation's democracy. He urges all political parties,
irrespective of their performance in the elections, to work together in a
spirit of dialogue and compromise, to address the challenges facing the nation.
Such cooperation should include an enhanced role for the opposition in
The Secretary General's
High-Level Panel for the parliamentary elections is visiting Bangladesh for a
second time and will report to the Secretary-General on the conduct of the
electoral process and developments in the immediate post-election period.