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Voting For Bangladesh Elections Ends, 11 Killed In Violence

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| December 30 , 2018 , 18:55 IST

At least people 11 people were killed during voting in Bangladesh on  Sunday. According to media reports, three men were shot by police while eight others died in clashes between activists from the ruling Awami League Party and opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).

Mobile internet was shut down and the military was deployed across the country to try to prevent the violence seen during recent polls, which were tarnished by a low turnout and boycotted by the largest opposition group and its allies.

Schools and colleges across Bangladesh were turned into makeshift polling centres for the day while people had begun to line up to cast their vote even before the election opened.

Voting began at 8 am (local time) in the morning with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina appearing as the first voter in Dhaka centre from where her nephew and party candidate Fazle Nur Taposh was a contender.

“I’m always confident about our victory in the elections... I trust my people and I know that they will choose us so that they can get a better life in future,” she said after casting her vote.

The Bangladesh Awami League, led by 71-year-old Hasina, has been in power since 2009 and won the last election in January 2014 with a resounding majority amid a boycott. But Hasina has since been accused of authoritarianism and harassment of the media and opposition figures, even as she presides over strong economic growth.