Security tight a day before parliamentary elections
Saturday, January 04, 2014 - 01:16
Jan. 4 - Security is tight in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka a day before parliamentary elections. Julie Noce reports.
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Black and white campaign posters hang in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka while voter turnout for Sunday's parliamentary election hangs in the balance.
Security has been tightened here ahead of the polls after weeks of violent clashes between opposition party supporters and police.
The Bangladesh Nationalist Party have called for a boycott of the election where some 154 seats will go uncontested if they do. The BNP say they're boycotting to protest the ruling party's decision NOT to follow the tradition of installing a caretaker government to oversee elections.
Political analysts say it's the voters who will ultimately suffer.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) SECRETARY OF CITIZENS FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE, BADIUL ALAM MAJUMDAR, SAYING:
"The common people are in a horns of dilemma, is in danger, as a matter of fact. They are damned if they go to the polling booth, they are damned if they don't. So their personal safety and security would be in danger."
More than 100 people have been killed in the political violence over the past few months with rolling strikes, and road and rail blockades common.
While the outcome of Sunday's poll seems certain, what happens afterwards is not. In the event of a breakdown of law and order, the military could step in to take over power, as it did in 2007.
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