INTRODUCTION: The army has been called in to guard many polling stations as millions of Bangladesh is take part in local government elections.
INTRODUCTION: The army has been called in to guard many polling stations as millions of Bangladesh is take part in local government elections. At least six people have already been kidnapped and 12 killed in clashes between the rival groups contesting the elections. Bangladesh has been under martial law since August 1975, when President Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family ware assassinated in a military coup.
SYNOPSIS: According to government statistics, there has been a heavy poll throughout the country and the election is considered as a prelude to democracy. The Bangladeshi ruler, General Zia Rahman, said last month that the newly elected administrative councils will pave the way to the general elections later. But those elections scheduled to take place next month have been postponed indefinitely by the military.
The vote for seats in more than 4,350 local councils commenced on 13 January and will last until the end of the month. As polling was continuing reports were circulating that a number of candidates were killed or kidnapped. A nightly curfew was imposed in many towns throughout the country.
The turbulent Bangladesh nation's political future still remains uncertain.