Only four international observers, from India and Bhutan, observed the 5 January election. After careful consideration, the EU decided on 20 December to halt preparations for the deployment of an EU Election Observation Mission, noting that the main political forces in Bangladesh had been unable to create the necessary conditions for transparent, inclusive and credible elections. The EU also stated, however, that it nonetheless remained ready to observe elections should conditions allow.
Domestic observer groups, including some members of the Election Working Group (an independent grouping of NGOs), did undertake some monitoring activities. The UK is one of a number of countries supporting The Asia Foundation to build the Election Working Group's capacity to observe and report on election conduct and preparations.