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12th Parliamentary Election At a Glance

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Biggest Budget National Election Underway in Bangladesh

The ongoing 12th general election in Bangladesh holds the record for the largest election budget in the nation’s history, estimated at around Tk2,276.22 crores. Out of this expenditure, approximately Tk1,225.62 crore is allocated for maintaining law and order, while the remaining Tk1,050.60 crore is designated for election management activities. The budget may see further adjustments, according to a high official of the Election Commission (EC).

 

Candidate and Constituencies Details

The election, scheduled for January 7, involves voting from 8 am to 4 pm across 299 constituencies. Voters in these constituencies can cast their votes at approximately 2.60 lakh polling booths in 42,024 polling stations throughout the country. Despite having 300 constituencies, the election will proceed in 299, with a total of 1,969 candidates in the running. Of these, 1,533 are from 28 political parties, and 436 are independents. The EC postponed the election for Naogaon-2 constituency due to the death of an independent candidate.

 

Ballot Distribution and Campaign Code Violations

The EC has decided to send ballot papers to polling centers across the country on the morning of the election day, excluding remote and hard-to-reach areas, to enhance transparency. The campaign period has been marred by numerous violations of the electoral code of conduct, with the EC struggling to curb violations by issuing notices, summonses, and warnings. Only one candidate had their candidature canceled for code breaches, but they later regained candidacy through a High Court writ.

 

Security Measures and Vehicular Restrictions

Law enforcement agencies, including police, RAB, Ansar, BGB, and Coast Guard, have deployed approximately 750,000 members to ensure security during the 12th National elections. The armed forces, consisting of 38,154 army members, have been active since Wednesday, coordinating with other forces. Vehicular movement restrictions, including the ban on taxi cabs, pickups, microbuses, and trucks, are in place on election day. Motorcycle movement will remain closed for three days until January 8, while private cars and public transport will have relaxed restrictions.

 

Voter Statistics and Observer Presence

The final voter list for the 12th national parliamentary polls indicates a total of 11,96,89,289 voters in the country, with 6,07,69,741 male voters, 5,89,18,699 female voters, and 849 transgender voters. The EC approved 20,773 local observers from 84 organizations to monitor the elections, along with 126 foreign observers from 34 countries and 4 organizations. Additionally, 76 foreign journalists are covering the poll. Around 9 lakh polling officers are on duty, including returning officers, assistant returning officers, presiding officers, assistant presiding officers, and polling officers.

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Quota Reform Leaders Reject Govt Talks, Vow to Continue Protests

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Quota Reform Leaders Reject Govt Talks, Vow to Continue Protests

Leaders of the quota reform movement have resolutely refused to negotiate with the government, insisting that their movement will persist until their demands are met.

In a Facebook post, Hasnat Abdullah, a coordinator of the movement, declared, “No discussion through stepping onto blood.”

Asif Mahmud, another prominent leader, echoed this sentiment, stating, “There can be no dialogue with bullets. I would prefer death over this betrayal.”

He further elaborated, “On one side, there are bullets. On the other, there is a call for dialogue. We can’t sit for dialogue while stepping onto the blood of our brothers.”

Earlier, leaders of the quota reform movement accused the government of escalating the law and order situation towards violence, asserting that their movement was peaceful until the government’s intervention.

Vowing to continue their struggle, Asif Mahmud stated, “We will continue our protests till we achieve our demands for reformation of the quota system, reopening of the halls and campuses, making university campuses terror-free, withdrawing political forces from the campuses, and punishing the killers and attackers.”

He added, “The people of the country have encircled those who tried to corner us. No conspiracy will be able to derail our movement.”

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PM Sheikh Hasina Calls for Investment in Marine Resource Extraction

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today urged both local and international investors to invest in the extraction of marine resources from Bangladesh’s extensive sea areas.

“In order to fortify the blue economy through the diverse utilization of our marine resources, I call upon local and foreign investors to seize the opportunity to invest in Bangladesh. This will enable us to harness more of our marine resources,” she announced.

The Prime Minister made these remarks during the inauguration of the Bangladesh International Aquaculture and Seafood Show-2024 at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Dhaka.

She emphasized the importance of adhering to proper standards in the collection, distribution, and processing of fish to boost exports, aiming to make fish the country’s second-largest source of foreign currency.

Sheikh Hasina pointed out that her government has made limited progress in harvesting fish and other sea resources from the deep sea due to a lack of interest from local investors.

“Therefore, we need foreign investment to advance in this area. This is the reality we must face,” she noted.

She also suggested that both local and foreign investors can collaborate in joint ventures or invest separately in this sector to achieve better results.

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Met Forecasts Rain and Thundershowers Nationwide

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The Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) has forecasted light to moderate and moderately heavy rainfall or thundershowers, accompanied by temporary gusty winds, across all eight divisions of the country over the next 24 hours, starting from 9 am today.

In its weather bulletin issued this morning, the BMD stated, “Light to moderate rain or thundershowers with temporary gusty wind is expected in a few places over Rangpur, Mymensingh, Chattogram, and Sylhet divisions. Additionally, one or two places in Rajshahi, Dhaka, Khulna, and Barisal divisions may experience similar conditions, with moderately heavy falls anticipated at several locations in Rangpur, Mymensingh, Chattogram, and Sylhet divisions.”

The bulletin also highlighted that the current mild heat wave sweeping across the Rangpur division and the districts of Tangail, Chuadanga, Rajshahi, Pabna, Bogra, and Netrokona may persist.

Daytime temperatures are expected to rise slightly, while nighttime temperatures are likely to remain nearly unchanged throughout the country.

On Wednesday, the highest recorded temperature was 36.7 degrees Celsius, observed in Rajshahi, Rangpur, and Rajarhat. The lowest temperature recorded today was 26.0 degrees Celsius, noted in Bandarban and Teknaf.

Over the last 24 hours, rainfall amounted to 16 mm in Bandarban.

For the capital, the sun will set at 6:48 pm today and rise at 5:21 am tomorrow.

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