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Bangladesh Election 2024 Sheikh Hasina Awami League Opposition BNP boycott pre-poll violence

Neighboring Bangladesh will elect 300 lawmakers to Parliament in its 12th national election today amid calls for a boycott by the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party and pre-poll violence. At least 14 polling stations and two schools in 10 districts were set on fire in different parts of the country from Friday evening to early Saturday.

On Friday also, miscreants set fire to a passenger train, in which four people died.

Sunday’s elections are also being called a contest between ruling Awami League candidates and Awami League independents as 747 independents have filed their nominations out of the total 1,970 candidates in the fray, most of whom are from AL.

  • Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Awami League is contesting 266 seats as it seeks a fourth consecutive term in office, leaving the remaining seats for its coalition partners. Opposition BNP calls for boycott -Which is to say that no election can be free and fair under AL government – And around 14 like-minded parties have strengthened Hasina’s chances of victory.
  • Calling the Hasina government a “fascist government”, the BNP has called for a nationwide strike and called on voters to stay away from the elections.
  • The main opposition party in Bangladesh’s parliament, the Jatiyo Party, which was founded by military dictator HM Ershad and is now led by his brother GM Quader, remains in the race, The Daily Star reports.
  • But of the 265 candidates it has fielded, at least 225 have pulled out, mostly informally, calling the race “one-sided and phased.”
  • Election violence and calls for a boycott by the opposition will pose a challenge to Hasina’s government in ensuring a high turnout, which is likely to be low according to Bangladeshi media. However, the ruling Awami League has said a good number of voters will go to polling stations in about 179 seats, mostly outside Dhaka, the Dhaka Tribune reported.
  • Ahead of elections on Sunday, the South Asian country saw a series of violence between Friday and Saturday, as rioters set fire to a passenger train and several polling stations across the country.
  • At least four people were killed when miscreants set fire to a passenger train in Dhaka’s Gopibagh on Friday night. Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Additional Commissioner (Crime and Operations) Mahid Uddin claimed that the attack on Benapole Express was planned, Dhaka Tribune reported.
  • According to another report by Dhaka Tribune, 14 polling stations were set on fire on Friday and Saturday, however, no casualties were reported in the latest arson attack.
  • Attacks on polling stations took place in Lalmonirhat, Feni, Rajshahi, Moulvibazar, Habiganj, Ghazipur, Chittagong, Mymensingh, Patuakhali, Sherpur, Khulna, Sunamganj.

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