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Bangladesh turnout low in election boycotted by opposition

Dhaka, January 07, 2024, The Europe Today: On a chilly Sunday, the polls closed in Bangladesh following the country’s general elections, marked by a notably low turnout. Opposition parties opted to boycott the vote, a move criticized by rights groups who anticipate Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina securing her fifth term in office.

The voting process, spanning from 8 a.m. local time (0200 GMT/UTC) until 5 p.m., witnessed a turnout of approximately 40%, as reported by chief election commissioner Kazi Habibul Awal. This figure starkly contrasts with the nearly double voter participation observed in the 2018 elections. Initial election results are anticipated to be released by Monday, shedding light on the political landscape and confirming the outcome of this consequential electoral event in the country of about 170 million people.