Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said the local government elections strengthen the pillars of democracy at the grassroots, increase scopes of accountability and thus augments development activities at marginal level.
He said this at a press conference on contemporary issues at his official residence.
Monday's union parishad (UP) and municipally polls were held in a peaceful manner apart from one or two stray incidents while people's participation in UP and municipality polls has increased which is a positive thing for democracy, he added.
The minister said the government has been extending all-out cooperation to the Election Commission (EC) in holding elections in a free manner, fair and peaceful manner as the per the constitution.
He hoped the EC would take further effective and tougher measures to maintain law and order during the next phase elections.