Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said the government is taking all kinds of preparations to hold the country’s next general election in a free and fair manner.

“The next election will be held in a free and fair manner, and we are taking all kinds of preparations,” she said while outgoing Switzerland ambassador Nathalie Chuard called on her at her Sangsad Bhaban office.

Prime Minister’s Speechwriter Md Nazrul Islam briefed the reporters after the meeting.

The prime minister said that after enacting Election Commission Law, the government has formed the neutral election commission through a search committee.

She added, “The foreign observes will come to oversee the election and they will do their job freely.”

Sheikh Hasina said the Election Commission of the country is totally independent and the government has no control over it and its budget.