• Text size      
  • Send this article to a friend
  • Print this article

Fires and deaths as poll is boycotted

NEARLY 60 polling stations in Bangladesh were set on fire and three people killed on the eve of today's election in which the ruling Awami League looks certain to prevail in a walkover as the main opposition party boycotts the poll.

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) called a 48-hour strike from yesterday morning and urged voters to stay away from the "farcical" election. Without the BNP, fewer than half of 300 parliamentary constituencies are being contested. The BNP is protesting against Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's refusal to have a caretaker government oversee elections, and many of its leaders are in jail or in hiding.

Contextual targeting label: 
Local government

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on HeraldScotland on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis.
If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.

203664