Govt working to protect people’s voting rights: PM
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Govt working to protect people’s voting rights: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday described the recently held Cumilla City Corporation (CuCC) election as an example of fair polls and said her government has been working to keep up voting rights of the people.

“People exercised their voting rights in the Cumilla City Corporation election spontaneously amid festivity. They had been able to vote for the candidates of their choice. I think it is an example (of fair polls) in election history. We’ve been taking all required measures so that the masses can enjoy their voting rights,” she added.

The Prime Minister was addressing virtually the oath-taking ceremony of the newly elected mayor and councilors of CuCC, held at the Osmani Smriti Auditorium, joining from her official Ganobhaban residence here.

Greeting wholeheartedly the newly elected mayor and councilors, she asked them to work with honesty and dedication for the development of every individual and locality irrespective of those who voted for them and who did not.

“Don’t consider who voted for you or not. Rather it is your duty to ensure the socio-economic development of every person and equal advancement of every area and you have to attach priority to make sure balanced development,” she added.

The Prime Minister said that the countrymen are enjoying all sorts of their rights, adding, “Their basic rights, voting rights and democratic rights will remain ensured. It’s our only goal and we’ve been working to this end.’’

She said her government wants the socio-economic development of Bangladesh through maintaining the democratic environment.

In the function, Awami League nominated candidate Arfanul Haque Rifat, who beat his nearest rival and immediate past mayor Monirul Haque Sakku in the election held on June 15 last, was sworn in as the mayor of Cumilla City Corporation and the Prime Minister virtually administered his oath.

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