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Polls postponed in 160 polling centers in Bangladesh due to violence

English.news.cn   2014-01-05 18:08:10            
 • The Bangladesh Election Commission has been forced to postpone vote in 160 polling centers.
 • There were incidents of snatching and torching of ballot papers and boxes in the polling centers.
 • A total of 153 candidates have been elected unopposed amid boycott by the main opposition.

BANGLADESH-DHAKA-PARLIAMENTARY ELECTION

Supporters of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's ruling Bangladesh Awami League gather in front of a polling centre during the parliamentary election in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Jan. 5, 2014. The Bangladesh Election Commission has been forced to postpone vote in 160 polling centers due to violence, a commission official said Sunday. (Xinhua/Shariful Islam)

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DHAKA, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- The Bangladesh Election Commission has been forced to postpone vote in 160 polling centers due to violence, a commission official said Sunday.

The official who preferred to be unnamed told Xinhua that " voting at 160 polling centers in 21 constituencies has so far been postponed." He said there were incidents of snatching and torching of ballot papers and boxes in the polling centers.

Sources said Saturday scores of polling centers in capital Dhaka and elsewhere in the country have been torched ahead of Sunday's controversial parliament elections in which Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's ruling Bangladesh Awami League and 11 small parties have participated.

Mired in controversy, Bangladesh's 10th parliamentary election is being held for just 147 out of 300 seats in 59 out of 64 districts of the country.

A total of 153 candidates have been elected unopposed amid boycott by the main opposition and its allies.

Some 21 parties including ex-prime minister Khaleda Zia's Bangladesh Nationalist Party are boycotting the elections over Hasina's refusal to introduce a non-party interim government to oversee the parliament polls.

At least 11 people including officials and opposition supporters were reportedly killed in poll violence in a number of districts on Sunday.

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DHAKA, Jan. 3 (Xinhua) -- Bangladesh's main opposition on Friday called a nationwide 48-hour strike form Saturday morning demanding cancellation of Jan. 5 general elections.

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DHAKA, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- Mired in controversy, Bangladesh's 10th parliamentary election is being held for 147 out of 300 seats in 59 out of 64 districts of the country.

A total of 153 candidates have already been elected unopposed amid boycott by ex-prime minister Khaleda Zia's Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its 17 allies which demanded polls under a non-party caretaker government system canceled through the Fifteenth Amendment of the Constitution in 2011. Full story

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