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Bangladesh Deploys Army for Electon Duty

armyTeam of thousands of Army personnel are being deployed across Bangladesh for 15 days from December 26 to try to prevent political violence ahead of next month's election.

The army personnel will work as striking force for co-operation of the civil administration and they will patrol important areas, streets and highways. Initially, necessary number of army will be deployed at the district headquarters where the election will be held on January 5. Later, the forces will be deployed at different points of metropolitan areas, thanas and upazilas in coordination with returning officers.

The voting will took place in the 146 out of 300 constituencies, as 154 candidates have been elected unopposed since they were the lone candidates in their constituencies. The main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party ( BNP ) and its allies are boycotting the vote to force Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to hand power to a non- party caretaker government that would conduct the the polls.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina refuges to accept the opposition party's demand. BNP and its allies have been staging protests since late October as they fear the ruling party Awami League will rig the elections if it remain in power instead of the caretaker government.

Earlier, UN initiatives to bring the ruling party Awami League and the opposition party BNP into dialogue was failed.


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