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Ban ki-moon phones Hasina for polls probe, assigns Taranco

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has discussed about the recently concluded city corporation elections with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
The UN chief telephoned Hasina at 1:48pm on Friday and had a 14-minute long conversation with her.
His call assumes significance as it comes close on the heels of UN asking for a probe into the allegations of poll irregularities.
During his discussion with the prime minister, he though described BNP’s participation in the city polls as ‘comforting’, said its boycott of elections midway was ‘unfortunate’, Prime Minister’s Press Secretary AKM Shameem Chowdhury told the media.“Prime minister informed him that elections to the three city corporations were held peacefully and that it was for the first time that no one was killed in an election-related violence in Bangladesh,” Chowdhury said. According to one source Ban ki-moon also informed that he has assigned UN Assistant Secretary General Fernandez-Taranco to mediate dialogue between the government and the opposition.
The secretary general of the United Nations Ban ki-moon want competent authorities to investigate all allegations of electoral fraud in the city corporation elections of Dhaka and Chittagong.
Replying to a question at the regular noon briefing UN secreary general’s deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said on Tuesday the ‘Secretary-General is aware of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s decision to boycott the Dhaka and Chittagong elections amid allegations of electoral fraud’.
‘He encourages the competent authorities to investigate all allegations and the opposition to use the democratic institutions to express its concerns.
‘He appeals to all parties to express their differences through peaceful means. The Secretary General reiterates his call on all political leaders to find a peaceful resolution to the current situation,’ Farhan Haq added according the briefing transcript published in the UN website.

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