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Polls end, vote counting on

The voting for the 11th national parliamentary election has ended.

The balloting began at 8am and finished at 4am on Sunday.

A total of 16 people has died in election violence so far. At least 50 candidates withdrawn from the contest.

Men and women voters cast their ballots all day after the voting began at 8am in different polling centers in the country.

Though the voter turnout was little low in the morning due to cold weather, but the number rose sharply with the passing of time.

A total of 1,861 candidates were vying for the polls. Among them, 1,733 are from political parties and 128 independents, reports BSS.

A total of 10, 42, 38,677 voters, including 5, 25, 72,365 male and 5,16,66,312 female, were scheduled to cast their votes at 206,477 polling booths of the 40,183 voting centers in 299 constituencies across the country.

The EC has taken votes using Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) at all polling booths in six constituencies for the first time. The constituencies’ are – Dhaka-6 and 13, Chattogram-9, Rangpur-3, Khulna-2 and Satkhira-2.

About 608,000 members of law enforcement agencies, 66 returning officers, performed their responsibilities to conduct the election across the country.

A total of 4,0183 presiding officers, 20, 7,312 assistant presiding officers and 4,14,624 polling officers were appointed for conducting the election while about 1,328 executive magistrates had been deployed and 640 judicial magistrates worked in 122 electoral inquiry committees during the polls.

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