The British High Commissioner in Bangladesh Steven Evans said that ideally, for a free and fair election in Bangladesh, emergency should be lifted.
He said that the general consensus is ideally you do not have the state of emergency when you have general election. It is difficult to hold general election that is free and fair with the state of emergency in place. High Commissioner Evans was speaking at a press conference at his residence.
He also said that the credibility of the general election could be questioned if it was not lifted before the election. He said it is not the international community , it is the people of Bangladesh who really matter.