Bangladesh’s Legacy in Global Democracy: Sheikh Hasina’s Steadfast Commitment to Ensure Free & Fair Elections

In the realm of progressive democratic leadership, Sheikh Hasina stands tall as a monument not only in Asia but also on the global stage. Her unwavering commitment to fostering democracy and ensuring free and fair elections has positioned Bangladesh as a beacon of political evolution. The recently held 12th National Parliamentary Election on January 7, 2024, marks a transformative moment in the nation’s democratic journey, reflecting the maturation and diversification of Bangladesh’s political landscape under her leadership.

Sheikh Hasina’s legacy as a progressive democratic leader has garnered international acclaim, positioning her as a symbol of political stability and inclusive governance. Her tenure has been marked by a commitment to the principles of democracy, human rights, and socio-economic development. Under her leadership, Bangladesh has witnessed significant strides in various sectors, solidifying its place as a key player on the global stage.

The 12th National Parliamentary Election serves as a testament to Sheikh Hasina’s dedication to democratic values and her vision for a pluralistic and inclusive Bangladesh. The participation of approximately 30 parties, reflecting diverse ideologies, highlights the vibrant democratic ethos fostered under her leadership. This inclusivity not only amplifies the democratic spirit but also underscores the evolving political maturity of a nation that values the representation of diverse voices.

Sheikh Hasina’s government, in collaboration with the Election Commission, has embraced digital transformation to streamline electoral processes, enhance transparency, and facilitate real-time monitoring of elections. The incorporation of digital technologies, from e-registration to digital voting systems, marks a significant stride toward a smart Bangladesh.

The investments in updating and strengthening electoral infrastructure, including the deployment of advanced technologies, exemplify Sheikh Hasina’s commitment to ensuring a level playing field for all political parties. The focus on creating an inclusive electoral ecosystem sets the stage for a technologically advanced and efficient electoral process.

A key aspect of Sheikh Hasina’s commitment to democracy lies in her efforts to ensure inclusive representation and empower the electorate. The 12th National Parliamentary Election witnessed meticulous planning to address logistical challenges, facilitate a smooth voting process, and provide representation to diverse communities.

OIC member countries Heads of Mission to Bangladesh (Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Egypt, Algeria, Kuwait, Libya, Iran, Iraq, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Palestine, Morocco & Pakistan) congratulated the Hon’ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today morning at Ganabhaban for winning the 12th National Parliament Election

Voter registration and education have been prioritized to ensure an informed electorate. Comprehensive voter education campaigns, leveraging technology and innovative approaches, have been launched to familiarize citizens with the electoral process. This proactive approach aims to empower voters, enabling them to make informed decisions and actively participate in shaping the nation’s political future.

Recognizing the global implications of the election, Sheikh Hasina’s government has facilitated international collaboration and observation. By welcoming international observers, Bangladesh has demonstrated its commitment to transparent and fair elections. The presence of international observers not only adds an extra layer of scrutiny but also contributes to the global acknowledgement of Bangladesh’s dedication to democratic values.

The attention from the international community underscores the geopolitical importance of Bangladesh and its role in shaping regional dynamics. As a nation poised for economic growth and diplomatic influence, the manner in which Bangladesh conducts elections under Sheikh Hasina’s leadership defines its internal political trajectory and impacts its standing in the international arena.

The 12th National Parliamentary Election in Bangladesh has garnered widespread congratulations and positive comments from leaders and observers around the world. The United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, expressed his commitment to working with Sheikh Hasina’s government for the benefit of the people of Bangladesh. He acknowledged Bangladesh’s major contributions to UN peacekeeping operations and its efforts towards the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals.

Russian President Vladimir Putin also extended heartfelt congratulations, emphasizing the strong and traditional ties between Russia and Bangladesh. In a letter to Sheikh Hasina, President Putin said “Russian-Bangladeshi relations have been traditionally developing in the spirit of friendship. Hopefully, your activities as the Head of the Government will further contribute to strengthening the constructive bilateral cooperation for the benefit of the people of our countries.”

Additionally, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Sheikh Hasina to personally convey his congratulations on her historic fourth consecutive term. Modi stated on social media, “Spoke to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and congratulated her on her victory for a historic fourth consecutive term in the parliamentary elections… we are committed to further strengthen our enduring and people-centric partnership with Bangladesh.”

Brunei Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah conveyed his warmest wishes, stating, “I extend my warmest congratulations on your re-appointment as Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.” The congratulatory note from the Sultan emphasized the significance of Sheikh Hasina’s leadership in the eyes of global leaders.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan conveyed confidence in the deepening and strengthening of relations between Turkey and Bangladesh during Sheikh Hasina’s new term. Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim highlighted the close ties between the two countries, expressing gratitude for the mutual benefits derived from their commonalities and shared values.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi emphasized the long history of friendship and cooperation between Egypt and Bangladesh, expressing confidence in the continued growth of bilateral relations. Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva wished Sheikh Hasina’s fifth term to be a resounding success, assuring Bangladesh of Brazil’s steadfast partnership in the pursuit of peace and prosperity.

Leaders from the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Luxemburg, and Singapore also extended warm congratulations and best wishes to Sheikh Hasina on securing the absolute majority in the 12th national election of Bangladesh. They thanked the Prime Minister for holding transparent, participatory, and terror-free polls.

China’s foreign ministry expressed its preparedness to work with the new government of Bangladesh, reiterating its commitment to promoting high-quality Belt and Road cooperation. Russia, Bhutan, the Philippines, Singapore, and Sri Lanka joined India, China, and other South Asian countries in congratulating Sheikh Hasina on her election victory, promising continued support.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina with ASEAN Head of Missions

The Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland KC, congratulated Sheikh Hasina on her electoral victory and expressed the Commonwealth Secretariat’s readiness to partner with Bangladesh to achieve national priorities. The Maldives President, Dr. Mohamed Muizzu, recognized Sheikh Hasina’s leadership and commitment to the people of Bangladesh.

Canadian Member of Parliament, Chandra Arya, and Senator Victor Oh commended Bangladesh’s electoral procedures and congratulated the Election Commission for successfully conducting a free and fair election. Russian delegation head, Andrey Y Shuvot, expressed satisfaction with the peaceful and legitimate elections.

International observers, including those from the United States, highlighted the peaceful, free, and fair nature of the election. Terry L Easley, an observer from the US, noted the absence of voter intimidation and praised the overall conduct of the election. Jim Bates, former US congressman, affirmed the elections’ fairness and acknowledged the low turnout misnomer, emphasizing the smooth process.

In a separate briefing, Chief Electoral Officer of Palestine, Hisham Kuhali, commended Bangladesh’s electoral procedures and expressed satisfaction over the peaceful completion of the vote casting. Members of the Arab Parliament described the election as smooth, efficient, and a shining example of peace and unity.

Sheikh Hasina’s steadfast commitment to ensuring free and fair elections has not only solidified her position as a progressive democratic leader within Asia but has also garnered global recognition. The 12th National Parliamentary Election serves as a milestone in Bangladesh’s democratic journey, reflecting the maturation of its political landscape.

Through digital transformation, technological advancements, inclusive representation, and global collaboration, Sheikh Hasina has paved the way for a more inclusive, transparent, and technologically advanced electoral process. The widespread congratulations and positive comments from leaders and observers around the world affirm Bangladesh’s democratic achievements under her visionary leadership.

As Bangladesh moves forward under Sheikh Hasina’s leadership, the commitment to democratic values and the pursuit of a smart and inclusive nation remains at the forefront. The January 7 election stands as a testament to the resilience and vibrancy of Bangladesh’s democracy, setting the stage for continued progress and prosperity under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Written by-

Dr. Mohammed Faruque
CEO & Chairman, Orchard Group & Advisor, Diplomats World Publication

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