At least 15 killed as Bangladesh election turns violent

At least 15 killed as Bangladesh election turns violent

At least 15 killed as Bangladesh election turns violent

The main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) said one of its candidates from Dhaka was stabbed while he was moving around in his constituency.

However, the 81-year-old lawyer, who drew up the country's constitution, did not stand in the election.

If Rahul Gandhi can walk up to Narendra Modi in Parliament and embrace him after bitterly attacking his government, why can't Bangladesh have a similar culture?

The Election Commission said it had received complaints of rigging that it was investigating. But barely visible are those of its opponents, many of whom, including BNP chairperson and three-time premier Khaleda Zia, have been jailed on what the BNP calls trumped-up charges.

The BNP, which boycotted the 2014 election, says its supporters have been deliberately targeted in a a bid to deter them from voting and rig the election in Hasina's favour.

Calling on all voters and candidates, she said: "We don't want violence".

With more than 100 million voters registered for the December 30 polls, Sunday's vote represents one of the world's largest democratic exercises.

"Voters are not allowed to enter booths".

"I have learned from past experience that minority communities often fall victim to violence after election results have been announced, especially among voters whose leaders did not win the elections". The Ruling Awami League (AL) claims they will accept whatever election result prevails. "If there is some kind of a decision in favor of the present government, I can assure you that it will not be a free and fair election".

Yet a rift has developed in the Election Commission, with Mahbub Talukdar, one of the five commissioners, saying last week there was no level playing field. "This election is democracy's last stand", says Kamal Hossain in an email interview.

"Barring some unwanted incidents, the polling so far was smooth and peaceful.We could tell you at the end of the day if the election was participatory", Chief Election Commissioner Nurul Huda told reporters.

Internet services were slowed across the country, with 3G and 4G services suspended for several hours, a Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission official said yesterday. Many journalists say she has intimidated the media by using vaguely worded laws against them. It added four workers had been killed and more than 12,300 injured in various assaults in that period.

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina interacts with journalists in Dhaka Bangladesh Monday Dec. 31 2018. Bangladesh's ruling alliance won virtually every parliamentary seat in the country's general election according to official results

Reuters saw a group of about 50 women chanting "Sheikh Hasina!". Khaleda, who has served as prime minister for 10 years, is the widow of former president Ziaur Rahman. The channel is owned by an independent candidate in the polls with an influential businessman from the ruling party being her rival. And other polls show her party remains popular. The country's garments industry that generates sales of $30 billion a year, is booming.

Hasina, 71, has been lauded for boosting economic growth in the poor South Asian nation during her decade in power and for welcoming Rohingya refugees fleeing a military crackdown in neighbouring Myanmar.

There are fears that violence and intimidation could keep many away from the polls.

Polling stations have closed in Bangladesh's general election. Bangladesh's foreign ministry said it was following due process. Many residents of Dhaka had left days earlier to vote in their hometowns.

But they said they should be free to elect their leader, and that a lack of campaigning by the opposition was not helping them decide.

Hossain spearheads the National Unity Front but he is not vying for any seats in the election.

In Zia's absence, opposition parties formed a coalition led by Hossain.

The injured were admitted to Kawkhali Upazila Health Complex, said upazila Awami League General Secretary Ershad Mia.

Quader smiled down from posters hung from trees, electrical wires, and plastered on walls, as loudspeakers perched atop rickshaws blared Hasina's praises.

"BNP-Jamaat activists have carried out heinous attacks targeting Awami League leaders and activists; as a result, 10 Awami League activists and two Ansar members were killed by BNP-Jamaat men", he claimed.

"They told me not to bother, "We'll cast your vote on your behalf", he said. The channel called the election's in Hasina's favour.

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