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Voting underway in 11th general election.

  • Published at 02:05 am December 30th, 2018
Voters queue up to cast ballots at the polling centre in Dhaka Residential Model School & College premises in Dhaka's Mohammadpur area on Sunday; December 30, 2018 Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

Polling opened at 8am on Sunday at 40,183 voting centres, and will run through 4pm

Bangladesh’s 104.2 million voters are casting their ballots for the 11th parliamentary election. 

Voting began at 8am on Sunday at 40,183 voting centres, and will continue until 4pm with 299 parliamentary seats up for election. Polls were deferred in one seat at the death of a candidate.    

Over a third of the voters – 52.6 million male and 51.6 million female – are young voters and appear to be a decisive factor in an election that the country’s main opposition party is partaking after skipping the last one in 2014.

The voters largely composed of the young population; 12.1 million of whom are first-timers. 

The Election Commission made all-out preparation to hold the 11th parliamentary election, the first inclusive and participatory general election Bangladesh is witnessing since 2008.

A polling officer marks a voter's finger before casting ballot at Shahnuri Model High School polling centre in Dhaka's Moghbazar area on Sunday; December 30, 2018 Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune


With the ruling Awami League and its pro-liberation alliance looking confident to win the election for a third straight term and celebrate the golden jubilee of the nation’s 1971 victory in 2021, its arch rival BNP and partners within the Jatiya Oikya Front alliance are looking forward to a change of guard in state power.

Ershad’s Jatiya Party, despite being a coalition partner of Awami League, fielded as many as 175 candidates of its own, generating much interest among the voters.

The Election Commission completed the dispatching of all poll materials to each centre by Saturday and employed police, RAB, paramilitary BGB and armed-force members to ensure a secured polling day for voters.  

The election is being monitored by 163 foreign observers, much lower a number than that of the last all-inclusive polls in 2008. A total of 25,920 local observers from 81 organizations are also in the field on the voting day. 

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