Bangladesh‘s telecoms regulator has ordered cell operators to close down high-speed cell web companies till midnight Sunday, the day of a nationwide election.
The measure is efficient instantly, a spokesman for the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Fee mentioned on Saturday.
“The choice has been taken to stop rumours and propaganda surrounding the vote,” Zakir Hussain Khan mentioned.
As Bangladeshis get set for Sunday’s parliamentary elections, there are fears that violence and intimidation might maintain many citizens away.
The last decade-long tenure of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, whose ruling social gathering hopes to retain energy within the elections, has been marred by allegations of mass arrests and jailing of activists and critics, pressured disappearances and extrajudicial killings.
The Bangladesh Nationalist Social gathering (BNP) led the marketing campaign for the deployment of over 600,000 troopers, border patrol, paramilitary and law enforcement officials who’ve fanned out throughout the nation upfront of the elections.
A spokesman for the RAB, Bangladesh’s elite safety drive, mentioned on Saturday that they had arrested eight males for spreading rumours on social media forward of ballot.
The polls, the 11th since Bangladesh gained independence from Pakistan in 1971, pit 71-year-old Hasina towards a united opposition helmed by Kamal Hossain, 82, an Oxford-educated lawyer and former international minister.
Notably absent is former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, 74, Hasina’s archrival and the pinnacle of the Bangladesh Nationalist Social gathering.
Courts dominated she was ineligible to run from her colonial-era Dhaka jail cell, the place she’s serving a 17-year sentence for corruption.
Hasina, daughter of Bangladesh’s founding father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and now its longest-serving chief, is in search of a third-straight time period since profitable a landslide in December 2008
She has been praised for presiding over wholesome GDP enlargement, with the nation set to graduate from a least developed nation to a center earnings nation, and lauded for opening Bangladesh’s doorways to round a million Rohingya refugees fleeing a army crackdown in Myanmar.
However critics accuse her of muzzling free speech and clamping down on dissent, together with by a draconian anti-press legislation toughened this 12 months.