General elections underway in Bangladesh amidst opposition boycott 

Bangladesh polls

General elections underway in Bangladesh amidst opposition boycott 

General elections underway in Bangladesh amidst opposition boycott 

Polling for the general elections in Bangladesh kicked off at 8 am local time, with citizens casting their votes to determine the country’s future leadership. The voting is scheduled to continue until 4 pm.

  1. Potential Victory for Prime Minister Hasina Wajid Amidst Opposition Boycott
    • Foreign media speculates the likelihood of Prime Minister Hasina Wajid securing victory, partly attributed to the opposition’s decision to boycott the elections. The absence of opposition participation raises questions about the legitimacy of the electoral process.
  2. Opposition Calls for 2-Day Strike: Urges Public to Abstain from Voting
    • In response to the elections, opposition parties have declared a two-day nationwide strike, urging citizens to abstain from voting. The move adds tension to an already volatile political atmosphere.
  3. Violent Incidents Before Election: Schools and Polling Booths Targeted
    • Preceding the election, reports indicate violent incidents in Dhaka, with five schools and four polling booths set on fire. Tragically, five people lost their lives in a passenger train fire on Friday. The police attribute responsibility to the opposition, leading to the arrest of seven individuals, a claim vehemently rejected by the opposition.
  4. Bangladesh National Party Declared a Terrorist Organization
    • Prime Minister Hasina Wajid makes a significant declaration, branding the Bangladesh National Party (BNP) as a terrorist organization. She alleges that the party’s election boycott is an attempt to undermine democracy in Bangladesh, further escalating tensions between the ruling party and the opposition.

The ongoing elections in Bangladesh are marked by political turmoil, with opposition boycotts, strikes, and incidents of violence casting a shadow over the democratic process. The government’s decision to label the BNP as a terrorist organization adds another layer of complexity to an already tense political landscape.