Bangladesh polls 2018: Over 1,800 candidates in fray and other key facts

 | Updated: Dec 29, 2018, 02:04 PM IST

As Bangladesh prepares to go for polling on December 30 to elect a new Parliament in the country, armed forces have been deployed in 389 'upazilas' or administrative region till January 2.

Here's taking a look at some of the key facts related to the polls. 

Bangladesh goes to polls on December 30

Bangladesh is set to vote on December 30 to decide whether to give a third successive term to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. 


Over 10 crore people expected to cast vote

In a single-phase general election on Sunday, over 10 crore eligible voters will cast their vote.  


Bangladesh's 11th democratic national polls

This will be the country's 11th national parliamentary election.  


Security upped

Security has been stepped up ahead of the polls. Only vehicles belonging to journalists and police are being allowed to ply on roads.

The high decibel campaigning ended on Thursday after weeks of violence. 


Over 1,800 candidates in fray

As many as 1,848 candidates are contesting in 299 out of 300 parliamentary constituencies.


Two key Opposition leaders won't contest

Main opposition leader Khaleda Zia, who is serving a 10-year jail sentence on corruption charges, has been barred from contesting.

Her son, BNP's acting chief, Tarique Rahman is on an exile in London after a Bangladesh court sentenced him to life in jail for masterminding a grenade attack in 2004. The attack had killed 24 Awami League leaders and activists.

The absence of the two top Bangladesh Nationalist Party leaders has pushed the party into a state of disarray.


NUF's Hossain to challenge PM Hasina

In Zia's absence, Kamal Hossain is expected to give a tough fight to PM Sheikh Hasina and the ruling Awami League. Hossain is the convenor of the opposition National United Front.