B. Schaeffer has spent much of his 36-year career dealing with U.S. relations
with South Asia, including as an ambassador to Bangladesh.
He is one of the members of Washington based
think tank group and he does exhaustive research on South Asian politics and
diplomacy. Mr Scheffer is now the Deputy Director at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at
Georgetown University. He recently observed the General Election held in
Bangladesh on December 29.He was the leader of the NDI election monitoring team
exclusive interview with VOA Bangla Service , Howard Schaeffer says that this
election in Bangladesh was free and fair by all canons of International
standard. He says that whether it was the list of voters , or the party
manifestoes, or the role of the caretaker government in Bangladesh , all
aspects of this general election in Bangladesh was very fair. He said unlike in
other elections neither the religious minority nor the ethnic minorities came
under any pressure from any quarters.
noted the fact that many young voters exercised their voting rights with a
tremendous amount of enthusiasm. He also said that with the historic victory
that Sheikh Hasina got from people in Bangladesh she needs to fulfill the
pledge she made and deliver what people are looking forward to.