Bangladesh Elections: Voting ends, 11 dead in election-related violence
Dhaka: Voting to choose new Government in Bangladesh ended on Sunday. Atleast 11 people were killed in election-related violence today.
The voting started at 8 AM (local time) and ended at 4 PM. The results would be announced within 24 hours.
There were allegation on the ruling Awami League (AL) and opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) of attacks on supporters and candidates.
“I’m always confident about our victory in the elections… I trust my people and I know that they will choose us so that they can get a better life in future,” said current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina after casting her vote. She was the first voter in Dhaka centre.
Ms. Hasina is seeking a re-election for a fourth term as the Prime Minister for Bangladesh.
This election was also historic as this is the first time Bangladesh used Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) for the first time in a general election, though only on a limited scale.
The EVM technology is being used for the first time at the national election level, eight years after being introduced in local government elections in the country.