(dpa/NAN) Election campaigning in Bangladesh ended on Friday with the deployment of greater than 700,000 safety personnel to assist keep order in the course of the parliamentary vote, Officers stated.
The deployment got here on the finish of three weeks of campaigning, which was marred by sporadic violence throughout the nation, residing at the very least eight individuals lifeless.
Chief Election Commissioner, KM Nurul Huda, referred to as upon the safety forces to make sure an environment that allows individuals to train their voting rights on Sunday.
“I hope the individuals will forged their vote to their desired candidates with out intimidation and return house safely,” Huda instructed reporters in Dhaka.
Military troops, which had been already deployed in 389 locations in Bangladesh, beginning on Monday to assist the civil administration, had been seen checking automobiles at positions within the capital Dhaka on Friday.
Members of the paramilitary Border Guard Bangladesh, and different safety forces, together with the Police, had been additionally seen patrolling main thoroughfares.
“We’re ready to keep up order at any value in the course of the election,” Asaduzzaman Mia, Chief of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, stated.
The primary contest in Sunday’s election is more likely to be confined between the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Awami League (AL)-led ruling coalitions and jailed former Prime Minister, Khaleda Zia’s Bangladesh Nationalist Occasion (BNP)-led opposition alliance.
A complete of 1,861 candidates (throughout all political events and independents) are contesting the election in 299 out of 300 parliamentary seats, in accordance with the election workplace.
Voting in one of many constituencies has been rescheduled to Jan. 27 after a contender died of cardiac arrest.
Bangladesh has greater than 104 million registered voters on this parliamentary election, the 11th since Bangladesh gained independence from Pakistan in 1971.