US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Richard Boucher yesterday said the caretaker government and the Election Commission must respect their neutral roles under the constitution in holding free and fair polls, without any outside influence.
Boucher, who came to Dhaka Saturday to assess the pre-election ground situation, said the Election Commission must be aware of its important job to make the elections free and impartial, free from any outside influence. The US Assistant Secretary said he discussed with the chief adviser Presdient Iajuddin Ahmed how to make the process in the run-up peaceful for a free and fair general election.
Boucher visited Bangladesh as part of his four-nation South Asian tour, was expected to leave Dhaka Sunday evening on conclusion of his shuttle mission through Bangladesh's squabbling political camps.
President Iajuddin Ahmed sought US cooperation for holding the upcoming elections as visiting called on him at Bangabhaban.