Bangladesh went to the polls following a weeks-long campaign that was dominated by deadly violence.
Sheikh Hasina's party has won the Bangladesh general elections, local media reported, Fourteen people have died in election-related clashes in Bangladesh as the country began voting for the parliamentary elections today. Fresh violence was reported between Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and Awami League supporters even as tight security was put in place following a weeks-long campaign that saw violence and allegations of a government crackdown on opposition activists.
Opinion polls were in favour of Sheikh Hasina, who has presided over six percent GDP expansion every year since she won a landslide in December 2008, heading for a comfortable victory that would extend her reign as the country's longest-serving leader.
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Bangladesh's opposition rejected election results Sunday that showed Prime Minister Sheikha Hasina heading for a landslide victory and demanded a new vote, reports news agency AFP
Early results showed that Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was heading for a landslide victory in Sunday's general election, local TV said.
Hasina raced into a clear lead, quickly securing 19 seats against zero for the opposition, according to Channel 24, which is compiling results from around the country (news agency AFP)
Election-related violence killed 17 people in Bangladesh on Sunday, a police spokesman said: news agency Reuters.
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Polls close in Bangladesh election hit by violence: news agency AFP
Some 600,000 security personnel were deployed across the South Asian country, including at 40,000 polling stations, in a bid to prevent skirmishes.
Two men were shot by police while three others were killed in separate clashes between activists from the ruling Awami League Party and the main Bangladesh Nationalist Party opposition (BNP).
At least five people were reportedly killed in election-related clashes in Bangladesh.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who is seeking a fourth straight term in power, was the first voter at the Dhaka City College centre in the capital where her lawyer nephew and party candidate Fazle Nur Taposh was a contender.
"I believe the people of the country will vote for the boat to help us continue the development journey. Pro-liberation forces will clinch the victory," news agency IANS quoted the Prime Minister as saying.
Mobile operators have been asked to shut down 3G and 4G services until midnight on Sunday "to prevent the spread of rumours" that could trigger unrest during the election.
Voting began at 8 am local time (0200 GMT) across more than 40,000 polling stations and is expected to conclude at 4 pm (1000 GMT).
One man died when police opened fire in "self-defence" on opposition activists who they say had attacked a polling station in the southern town of Bashkhali, news agency AFP reported. An activist for the ruling Awami League party was also reported deed after he was beaten on the head by opposition supporters during a clash in Khagra.
Two people have reportedly died in the political clashes that erupted in Bangladesh as the country began voting for the parliamentary elections today. Fresh violence was reported between Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and Awami League supporters even as tight security was put in place following a weeks-long campaign that saw violence and allegations of a government crackdown on opposition activists.