After weeks long violence -filled campaigning, Bangladesh began voting for the parliament elections today. Amid tight security two persons were killed in the political clashes and other 10 were injured. Violence erupted between the supporters of ruling Awami League and Bangladesh National Party (BNP).
The weeks long election campaigning witnessed violence and allegations of a government crackdown on opposition activities. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, is eyeing a fourth term in power. She was the first voter at the Dhaka city college centre in the capital.
Sheikh Hasina’s rival BNP’s Khalid Zia, who was the former Prime minister has been jailed on corruption charges since February 2018.
Voting began at 8 am in 40,000 polling stations and it is expected to extend till 4 pm. Around 6,00,000 security personnels were deployed across the country.
Mobile internet services in the country is banned till Sunday midnight to avoid spreading of rumours. A total of 1,848 candidates are contesting for 299 out of 300 Parliament seats and 10.41 people in the country are eligible to cast their vote.