The balloting started at 9am and will continue till 5pm without any break
The voting in the by-elections to Bogra 1 and Jessore 6 parliamentary constituencies is underway amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The balloting started at 9am and will continue till 5pm without any break.
The Election Commission, meanwhile, has completed all necessary preparations and asked voters to exercise their franchise, while election officials and law enforcement agencies to perform their duties maintaining health guidelines.
There are contenders from three major political parties – Bangladesh Awami League, BNP and Jatiya Party (JaPa) – in the by-elections of both the constituencies.
BNP, however, decided to not take part in the by-polls saying that voting amid the pandemic is unacceptable.
There are as many as 330,918 voters and 123 polling stations in the Bogra 1 by-polls, while 204,397 voters are expected to exercise their franchise at 79 polling stations in Jessore 6 by-election.
Jessore 6 and Bogra 1, which fell vacant following the death of Awami League MPs Ismat Ara Sadique and Abdul Mannan respectively, were supposed to go to polls on March 29 according to the election schedules announced initially.
But the commission had to postpone the election schedules in the wake of the outbreak of coronavirus in the country.
The Election Commission recently announced a fresh schedule for the parliamentary by-elections fixing July 14 for casting votes.