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Violence in Bangladesh ahead of polls

Bangladeshi security personnel carry ballot boxes and other election materials to polling centers a day before general elections in Dhaka. The run-up to Sunday's general election in Bangladesh has been marked by bloody street clashes and caustic political vendettas. Photo: AP  

Opposition activists on Saturday allegedly torched over 100 polling centres across Bangladesh in a bid to foil Sunday’s polls, which are taking place amid unprecedented security. The main Opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party and its allies are boycotting the polls.

The 10th parliamentary election will be held for just 147 out of the 300 seats in 59 out of 64 districts. In the other constituencies, 153 candidates have won uncontested because of the Opposition boycott.

Polling will take place at 18,208 centres. The ruling alliance of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has reiterated its determination to take part in the election.

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