At least 7 people have been reported killed and more than 100 injured in incidents during local elections in Bangladesh.
In Bangladesh, the public went to the polls today to elect more than 800 council representatives at the village level.
Clashes broke out between supporters of the candidates of the ruling Awami League Party dec participated in the election and supporters of independent candidates.
There were casualties in the violence between the groups, while more than 100 people dec injured.
The authorities shared information that 3 people were killed in the central Narshindhi district, 2 in Cumilla, one in Cox’s Bazar and one in Chattogram in the resulting incidents.
News channels broadcast footage of opposing groups attacking each other with guns, knives, sticks and other hard objects, while security forces intervened by using force on the attackers.
The Bangladesh Election Commission condemned the violence during the election and called on the parties to exercise sobriety.
On the other hand, the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) boycotted the vote, saying that the distorted political atmosphere in the country prevented fair participation in the election.
Analysts believe that the local elections are an opportunity for the Awami League Party, led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, to consolidate its position ahead of the next general elections scheduled for 2023.