Dhaka: The 12th parliamentary election is going to be held in Bangladesh tomorrow. Elections for the 12th Parliament of Bangladesh will be held from 8 am to 4 pm tomorrow. Out of the total 350 parliamentary constituencies, the government will appoint women to 50 constituencies, and the remaining 300 constituencies will go to polls tomorrow. There are 1,970 candidates in the fray, including 90 women and 79 minorities. Candidates from 28 political parties are in the fray in this election. Besides, 747 independents are also contesting.
The election is seen as a contest between the ruling Awami League and the opposition Jatiya Party. 266 candidates are contesting on behalf of Awami League led by Sheikh Hasina. The party has allocated 34 seats to its allies. Jatiya Party fielded 265 candidates. However, 26 of them withdrew their nomination. The main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party boycotted the election. The party has announced that it will boycott the election as the election will not be fair under the leadership of the present government.
Security has been beefed up in Bangladesh ahead of the elections. The army has been deployed across the country for security. It has been announced that the army will carry out security work till the 10th to ensure peace even after the elections. Coast Guard, Bangladesh Border Guard and other forces have also been deployed for security.
However, there have been reports of an increase in incidents of violence in Bangladesh over the past few days. Four passengers were killed when miscreants set fire to the Penabol Express train in the capital Dhaka last night. The United Federation of Hindu-Buddhist-Christian Religions has requested the government to provide more protection to minorities as minorities may be targeted ahead of the elections.
In this case, Bangladesh Chief Election Commissioner Gazi Habibul Awal, who spoke to the media today, said that we should have faith in a credible election. This election is monitored not only at the national level but also at the international level. The election will start at 8 am and will be held till 4 pm. At 4 o’clock the election will be held until the people in the queue cast their votes. Therefore, the election can be held till 6 PM at the latest. He said that the votes will be counted and the results will be announced after the polling is over.