‘Winning at any cost is no victory at all’: US ambassador to Bangladesh expresses frustration on City Polls


US ambassador Marcia Bernicat on Tuesday expressed frustration at the reports of violence and intimidation during Tuesday’s city polls.

“It’s very disappointing to know that… Elections should be free and fair,” she told newsmen after visiting the polling station at Banani Biddya Niketon School and College at around noon.

The ambassador reiterated that the US wanted to see massive turnout of voters, not violence- be it pre-polls or on the voting day.

When asked if the country’s situation would be violent again after the boycott of city polls by the BNP, Bernicat said, “I hope that the people don’t resort to violence. I truly do. This is democracy and people need to use democratic space.”

About the city corporation elections, she tweeted, later at 1:30pm, that “winning at any cost is no victory at all.” She made the observation when she was already aware of the BNP’s withdrawal from voting in all three city corporations.

Bernicat expressed her views on another twitter post at 3:30pm.

“[It is] disappointing to hear so many first-hand reports of intimidation and violence and their effect on today’s city polls in Bangladesh.”

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The day before voting, she tweeted that fair, free and credible elections are the cornerstone of a healthy democracy.

“Hope tomorrow’s elections are an example of that spirit!” the ambassador expressed hope earlier.

Source: Prothom Alo