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Dhaka Tribune

Voting in national polls ends with largely peaceful atmosphere

  • 27% of votes cast till 3pm
  • Voting ended at 4pm
Update : 07 Jan 2024, 04:04 PM

Balloting in the 12th national polls in Bangladesh ended on Sunday amidst a largely peaceful environment. 

Voting began at 8am at 261,912 polling booths in 42,024 voting centres and continued until 4pm with 299 parliamentary seats up for election. 

However, centres where people are still waiting to exercise their franchise will continue to accept votes.

Polls were deferred in one seat at the death of a candidate.

The Election Commission said 27% of votes were cast in the first seven hours, from 8am to 3pm. 

Election Commission (EC) Secretary Md Jahangir Alam shared this information at a press conference held at the Agargaon Election Commission (EC) building.

Earlier in the day, a supporter of Mrinal Kanti Das, the Awami League candidate from Munshiganj-3, was stabbed to death by rivals at Tengor in Mirkadim of Munshiganj’s Sadar Upazila on Sunday.

The deceased was identified as Md Zillur, 4

Bangladesh’s 119.6 million voters are casting their ballots for the 12th national parliamentary election. 

Some 800,000 security men are there on election duty to maintain the electoral atmosphere by checking violation of codes of conduct throughout the country, of them, 38,154 Army personnel, 2,827 Navy personnel (19 districts), 45,185 (1,158 platoons) BGB personnel, 2520 (75 platoons) Coast Guard personnel, 600 RAB teams and 95 RAB reserve teams, 184,959 police personnel and 558,500 Ansar men.

Besides, 653 judicial magistrates and 2,076 executive magistrates are in the field to punish the violation of electoral code of conduct.

According to the Election Commission, some 900,000 polling officials including 42,024 presiding officers, 260,856 assistant presiding officers and some 522,000 polling officers are there to cast the ballot throughout the country.

The election is being monitored by over 200 foreign observers, much lower a number than that of the last all-inclusive polls in 2008.

A total of 20,773 local observers from 84 organizations are also in the field on the voting day.

 

Timeline: National Election 2024
07 Jan 2024, 21:55
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