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.
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.