Violence, obstacles to level-playing field tainted voting: EU

The European Union (EU) has said the mobilisation of voters and the participation of the opposition in Sunday's national elections for the first time in 10 years reflect the aspirations of the people of Bangladesh to democracy.

However, it said, violence has marred the election day, and significant obstacles to a level-playing field remained in place throughout the process and have tainted the electoral campaign and the vote, reports news agency UNB.

The body called on the authorities concerned to ensure a proper investigation into the allegations of irregularities.

"The relevant national authorities should now ensure a proper examination of allegations of irregularities and commit to full transparency in their resolution," said EU spokesperson Maja Kocijancic on Tuesday commenting on the Bangladesh parliamentary elections held on 30 December.

The European Union expects the country to move forward towards democracy, respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms.

"We'll continue to support the work in this context, in the interest of the people of Bangladesh," said the spokesperson.

Earlier, prime minister Sheikh Hasina said the win of the Awami League-led Grand Alliance in the 11th national elections is another victory for the people of the country in December -- the month of victory.

The AL-led alliance secured 288 out of 298 parliamentary seats in the elections.