Japan hopeful of Ã¢€˜all-inclusiveÃ¢€™ election in BangladeshNew Age Online
Japanese Ambassador in Dhaka Shiro Sadoshima on Monday hoped that there will be a peaceful and timely implementation of an ‘all-inclusive’ general election in Bangladesh.
“A credible electoral process is integral to the advancement of democracy– we’re happy to be able to contribute to this end,” the envoy said adding that he sincerely hopes for a peaceful and timely implementation of an all-inclusive general election.
The Japanese diplomat made the remark at a grant contract signing ceremony for a project at the Embassy of Japan in Dhaka, according to a media release issued by the Japan Embassy in Dhaka.
The government of Japan has decided to donate US$ 121,514 to FEMA under ‘Grant Assistance for Grass-roots Human Security Projects’ (GGHSP) for the civil monitoring of elections, including the 10th parliamentary election in Bangladesh.
Japanese envoy Shiro Sadoshima and FEMA President Munira Khan signed the agreement.
Through this project, FEMA will mobilize a total of 1,550 observers in 300 constituencies of Bangladesh.
Training programmes have been designed to train observers to monitor whether the electoral process is in line with the legal and administrative frameworks.
Besides, voter education and information dissemination campaigns will be conducted to facilitate the Bangladeshi citizens’ participation in the electoral process.
FEMA also monitored past parliamentary elections, City Corporation elections and several by-elections.
Munira Khan said this project will enable Bangladeshi citizens to peacefully and meaningfully participate in the electoral process.
She stressed that this assistance will also support steps to enhance the electoral framework and process beyond the next general election.
Japan has been providing assistance for the good governance of Bangladesh and supported past general election.
GGHSP was first introduced in Bangladesh in 1989 with the primary objective of supporting development projects that enhance human security at the grassroots level.
To this date, a total of 178 projects have been funded through this scheme, amounting to US$13,671,246 in grant.
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