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Bangladesh 12th national polls end amid low voter turnout, counting begins:

BangladeshBangladesh 12th national polls end amid low voter turnout, counting begins:

Approximately 120 million people were eligible to vote in this election.

The 12th National elections in Bangladesh concluded with a low voter turnout. Despite isolated incidents of violence, the overall atmosphere during the elections remained largely peaceful.

Kazi Habibul Awal, the Chief Election Commissioner of Bangladesh, reported that approximately 40 percent of eligible voters cast their votes in the 12th parliamentary election. He shared this information during a press briefing at the Election Commission (EC) building in Dhaka around 5:30 pm. The polling began at 8:00 am local time and concluded at 4:00 pm. Counting commenced immediately after the voting concluded at centers throughout the country.

Simultaneously, the Election Commission canceled the candidacy of Mostafizur Rahman Chowdhury, the nominated candidate for Chittagong-16 constituency from Bangladesh Awami League (AL). This decision was made due to his violation of the electoral code of conduct, as he had threatened law enforcement officials.

Voting was sluggish in urban areas, while rural areas experienced a relatively higher voter turnout. At the same time, eight candidates in various constituencies across Bangladesh have boycotted the 12th national election, alleging instances of vote rigging and irregularities.

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