Bangladesh goes to the polls today amid tight security in a vote. In this voting Sheikh Hasina Seeks Fourth Term As Prime Minister.
Voting begins at 8:00 am following a weeks-long campaign that was dominated by deadly violence and allegations of a crackdown on thousands of opposition activists.
Some 600,000 security personnel are deployed across Bangladesh, including at 40,000 polling stations where voters will cast ballots in the country’s 11th parliamentary election since independence in 1971.
Around 104 million voters will choose between an alliance led by Hasina’s ruling Awami League party and a coalition headed by the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) which was cobbled together only three months ago.
Human Rights Watch and other international groups have decried the crackdown, saying it has created a climate of fear which could prevent supporters of opposition parties from casting their ballots.