Bangladesh election: Opposition calls for new vote

Bangladesh’s Bangladeshi parliamentary committee told Reuters news agency that it had heard “national” accusations of counterfeiting and would open investigations.
At least 17 people were killed in clashes between the partisans of the ruling party and the opposition. What are the accusations?
Sheikh Hancock’s Awami league has taken Bangladesh since 2009, but one of the main opposition parties accuses him of using stuffed urns.
A spokesman for the Bangladesh National Party (BNP) stated that there had been “irregularities” in 221 of the 300 contested seats.
Just before the polls opened, a BBC correspondent saw the polls at a polling place in the port city of Chittagong. The president refused to comment.
Only electoral officials in power were present at the polling tables and in several others in the second largest city in the country. Image Copyright Reuters image legend The queue of voters in the capital, Dhaka at least 28 candidates from the main opposition alliance withdrew before the ballot box was closed, demanding manipulations of votes and intimidation.
The militants, observers and opposition party had warned that the vote would not be fair, but the ruling party had accused the opposition of defusing false claims.
Mrs. Hancock said Friday at the BBC: on the one hand, they make accusations. On the other hand, they attack the staff of our party, the leaders. This is the tragedy in this country. “Too scared to talk ExCing ” YOGITA Limaye, BBC News, Dhaka as we went from the polling station to the voting booth, a model became clear. The supporters of Prime Minister Hancock’s party were vocal and happy to answer our closed questions about the issues they would have voted for. The others were mostly too frightened to speak.
One man told us that several members of his extended family had determined that his vows had already been expressed when they went to the polling place. He said he didn’t think it was a fair choice, but he didn’t want to be identified. It was not hard to see why he felt intimidated. Outside of every polling table we went, there were dozens of Prime minister party workers who listened attentively during the interrogations. None of the opposition parties could be seen.
Although the Electoral Commission stated that it would investigate the demands of the manipulation of votes, the organization itself was accused of opposition bias.
So far, the prime Minister has not responded to these last statements, but two days ago he rejected the claims, the election was unfair.
His party is widely expected to win the polls, but it will be a controversial victory. Why was this choice important?
Bangladesh is a Muslim-majority nation with more than 160 million people and faces problems ranging from potentially devastating climate change, Islamist activism, endemic poverty and corruption.
The country has recently been in the international spotlight that hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled from neighbouring Myanmar. Image Copyright Reuters image legend PM Sheikh Hancock, who has been in power since 2009, launches his ballot on Sunday the race to election saw violence between partisan rivals and a crackdown on the dissent of a government that critics say that He only grew up authoritarian during his 10 years in power. Who were the contenders?
Sheikh Hancock’s former rival, Khaleda Zia, was imprisoned earlier this year on charges of corruption and was prevented from participating in the vote, in a case he claimed politically motivated.
Kamal Hossain, formerly the painter and allied Hancock, leads the main opposition group in his absence, the Frente Jatiya Oikya, which includes the Bangladesh National Party (BNP).
However, the 81-year-old lawyer who drafted the state constitution did not challenged the election.
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