Bangladesh election tension mounts

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Election watch dogs from  16 countries, on Dec 30 polls total 178 observers foreign organisations  at 11th parliamentary elections in Bangladesh has been cleared by the election authorities of Bangladesh.

Election Commission’s polls conducting wing finalized the candidature on Monday night after scrutinizing the data sent by all 64 districts’ returning officers

As many as 1,841 candidates including 96 independent contenders are contesting the 11th parliamentary election, an EC official said.

The Election Commission’s polls conducting wing finalized the candidature on Monday night after scrutinizing the data sent by all 64 districts’ returning officers.

Sunday was the last day for the aspirants to pull out from the race.

As many as 3,065 nomination papers were filed to contest the polls and 786 candidates were denied by the returning officers.

Nearly 250 people of the rejected got back their candidature after filing appeals and writ petitions to Election Commission and the High Court.

Of the 300 parliamentary seats, Comilla 13 has the maximum contenders at 15 while 15 other constituencies have only three candidates each.

India Bangladesh border and Bangladesh-Myanmar border movements of people   across the borders will be picking up activities. Is has been obeserved with news emanating  that Police and backers of Bangladesh’s ruling party clashed with opposition supporters on Sunday, leaving at least three people dead and scores injured in different parts of the country as opposition parties tried to enforce a nationwide general strike.

The protest is aimed at forcing prime minister Sheikh Hasina to quit and form a caretaker government made up of people from outside political parties to oversee an election due by early next year. The shutdown is to continue until Tuesday night.

To add fire in such situation, Bangladeshi mullah Abdur Razzak Yousuf who is spreading communal tension with his speeches in Bangladesh and in West Bengal too, said “We shouldn’t tolerate idol worship as it is haram, we must break the idols wherever we can find them, just like our Prophet did”!

Bangladesh tension mounts ,with opposition candidates being detained as a parliamentary election approaches. The election scheduled for December 30th is being contested between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Awami League and the opposition alliance led by former prime minister Khaleda Zia’s Bangladesh Nationalist Party.

Hasina has appealed to voters about her administration’s bid to improve the country’s security situation by cracking down on extremists.

In 2016, an attack by Islamic extremists in the capital, Dhaka, killed 22 people, including seven Japanese nationals.
The Hasina administration has also been increasing pressure on the opposition camp. The opposition camp says police have detained at least 1,900 people, including 20 opposition candidates, since the start of this month alone.

Citing grave concerns over human rights violations, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights called on the government last Thursday to properly deal with the situation.

As voting day approaches, a series of clashes have occurred around the country between the supporters of the ruling and opposition camps.

Forces supporting Islamic extremist groups are also urging people to oust the Hasina administration.

Campaigns run for the next 19 days till December 28 and must be stopped 32 hours before the day of the election.

This year, over 104.2 million voters will cast their ballot at 40,183 polling centres across Bangladesh.

As many as 390 candidates contested the 10th parliamentary election in 2014 from 147 constituencies, whereas 153 seats went uncontested.

The 11th general election is scheduled to be held across Bangladesh on December 30.

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