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1 killed, 50 injured in Bangladesh local polls violence

Voting held for 29 municipalities or town councils

Md. Kamruzzaman   | 28.02.2021
1 killed, 50 injured in Bangladesh local polls violence File Photo

DHAKA, Bangladesh

At least one person was killed and 50 others injured in violence during local government elections in Bangladesh on Sunday, police said.

Chotan Adhikar, 40, was killed in a clash between supporters of two councilor candidates in the northern Nilphamari district’s Saidpur municipality, according to sources.

“We have come to know about the death of one of the voters near a polling station and are investigating the incident,” Abul Hasnat Khan, head of the local police station, told Anadolu Agency.

He said that despite coronavirus health guidelines, scores of supporters had gathered in the vicinity.

There were reports of boycotts over allegations of rigging in other areas as well.

In the 5th phase of the election, voting was held for 29 municipalities. It began at 8 a.m. local time (0200GMT) and continued until 4 p.m. (1000GMT). The sixth and final phase is scheduled for April 7.

The South Asian country has two spheres of government – national and local. Besides 329 municipalities, or town councils, there are 12 city corporations, and a three-tier rural local government system comprising district councils, sub-district councils, and village councils. Local body elections are held every five years.

Clashes during elections in Bangladesh, one of the world’s most densely populated countries with more than 165 million people, are common. In the 4th phase of local body elections on Feb. 14, one person died in the southern port city of Chottogram.

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