Elections Won by PM Sheik Hasina’s Party
Quoting local TV reports, news agency AFP reported that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s party has won the Bangladesh elections.
Bangladesh Opposition Alliance Rejects Polls, Demands Fresh Vote
Facing imminent defeat, Bangladesh’s opposition NUF alliance, with jailed ex-premier Khaleda Zia’s BNP as its key partner, rejected the outcome of the general election and demanded fresh polls under a neutral caretaker government.
The National Unity Front (NUF) is a coalition of parties including the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), Gono Forum, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal-JSD, Nagorik Oikya and Krishak Sramik Janata League.
At Least 17 Killed, Dozens Injured
Voting in the tense election ended with at least 17 people, including a member of a security agency, killed in eight districts in poll-related violence.
13 Dead in Poll-Related Violence, Including One Candidate
Atleast 13 people have been killed in the Bangladesh elections on Sunday, reported PTI. According to the Election Commission, 1,848 candidates are contesting for 299 out of 300 Parliament seats. The polls were being held at 40,183 polling stations and voting was suspended in one seat due to the death of a candidate.
“The eight-hour long voting has ended as per schedule…preparedness are underway to start the counting,” an Election Commission spokesman said.
The unofficial results were expected by Monday morning, which would be announced by the commission headquarters in the capital, he said.
Bangladesh Sees First Use of EVMs in General Election
Bangladesh on Sunday deployed electronic voting machines for the first time in a general election, though only on a limited scale, a move which received mixed responses from the voters amid reports of glitches in some booths.
Out of the 299 parliamentary constituencies that went to polls, six saw the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs).
The six seats comprises over 2.1 million voters. The results from these six seats could be announced within hours after the voting ends, Bangladeshi media reported.
Voting Ends, Results Expected Within 24 Hours
Voting in a tense election to choose a new government in Bangladesh ended on Sunday, 30 December, at 4 pm. At least 11 people have been killed in poll-related violence amid allegations of manipulations by the ruling Awami League led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
The voting started at 8 AM (local time) and ended at 4 PM. The results will be announced within 24 hours, reported PTI.
10 Killed in Poll-Related Violence, Including Law Enforcement Official
At least 10 people, including a law enforcement official have lost their lives in poll-related violence in Bangladesh, reported ANI on Sunday, 30 December. Dozens have been wounded in the clashes as well.
A Jubo League leader was killed and 10 others injured in a clash between the ruling party and opposition BNP supporters in Rangamati’s Kawkhali, Bdnews24 reported.
One BNP activist was killed in Chattogram, while an Awami League supporter died in Rajshahi, the news portal reported. An Awami League polling agent was killed in Narsingdi 3 constituency.
According to the Daily Star newspaper, BNP men attacked and killed an Awami League supporter in Mohonpur, Rajshahi-3. One Oikyafront supporter was killed in Chandina in police firing.
A voter died during tension between supporters of the Awami League and the BNP in Dinajpur-2. An activist of Bangladesh Chhatra League was killed in clashes with the BNP activists in Cox’s Bazar-1.
One Awami League supporter was killed during a clash with the BNP workers at Baghail Government Primary Schoo, under Bogura-4.
A member of law enforcement agency was killed by activists of Jamaat in Noakhali-3 constituency, reported PTI.
5 Killed in Poll-related Violence
At least five people were killed in poll-related violence on Sunday, 30 December, as voting was underway across Bangladesh amid allegations from both the ruling Awami League and opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) of attacks on supporters and candidates.
Voting began at 8 am (local time) with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina appearing as the first voter in Dhaka centre from where her nephew and party candidate Fazle Nur Taposh was a contender.
Confident About Election Victory: Sheikh Hasina
Bangladesh Prime Minister and Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina has said that she is confident about winning the 11th parliamentary election.
In her reactions after casting vote at the Dhaka City College centre on Sunday morning, Hasina said: “The boat (her party symbol) will win.”
“I believe the people of the country will vote for the boat to help us continue the development journey. Pro-liberation forces will clinch the victory,” bdnews24.com quoted the Prime Minister as saying.
“Certainly confident,” said Hasina responding to a question from the media.
The reporters also asked her if she would accept any outcome of the election. “Obviously we’ll accept it.”
One Killed, 10 Injured in a Clash
A Jubo League leader was killed and 10 others injured in a clash between the ruling Awami League and opposition BNP supporters today in Rangamati’s Kawkhali in Bangladesh.
The deceased was identified as Md Basir Uddin, the Jubo League general secretary of Ghagra Union, Bdnews24 reported.
“Jubo League and BNP activists clashed at 6.30 am (local time) in Ghagra Union’s Rangipara. Shots were fired,” the news website reported, citing an official. “Basir and 10 others were injured in the clash. Basir was taken to Chattogram Medical College Hospital, where doctors declared him dead,” the official said.
The injured were admitted to Kawkhali Upazila Health Complex, said upazila Awami League General Secretary Ershad Mia.
The Jubo League is the youth wing of the ruling Awami League.
PM Sheikh Hasina Casts Vote
Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina casted her vote in general elections in Dhaka today.
Voting Begins in Bangladesh’s General Election
Voting began in Bangladesh’s general election today which is expected to deliver a record fourth term for Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Polls opened at 8 am amid tight security following a campaign that was marred by violence and allegations of a government crackdown on opposition activists.
Bangladesh Intensifies Security As Hasina Seeks Re-Election
Bangladesh stepped up security on Saturday, 29 December, with thousands of army troops patrolling the streets, along with paramilitary forces and police.
Security agencies have been asked to keep extra vigil on religious minority communities during the voting on Sunday, as media reports said at least three Hindu households were set on fire by miscreants between 16 and 26 December, Chief Election Commissioner Nurul Huda said.
Law enforcement agencies in major cities are checking vehicles as part of their vigil as some 600,000 security personnel including several thousand soldiers and paramilitary border guards were deployed across the country.
Thirteen people have been killed and thousands injured in clashes between supporters of Hasina’s ruling Awami League and activists of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).
The opposition parties have alleged that thousands of its leaders and activists have been arrested to weaken them.
The Rapid Action Battalion or RAB on Friday night arrested eight people for circulating “provocative videos and rumours” on social media relating to parliamentary election.
Video-making materials, laptops and mobile phones were seized from the detainees, officials said.
Bangladesh Hindu-Buddhist-Christian Unity Council spokesman Kajol Debnath said minority community leaders held a series of meetings with the Election Commission and law enforcement agencies who promised to pursue a ‘zero tolerance’ policy against any attack or intimidation.
(With inputs from PTI and AP)
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