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>> Elections in Bangladesh have turned deadly. Police say more then 15 people have been killed, including 7 from the ruling party and 5 from the opposition alliance. Over 20 were injured. As polls closed Sunday and the counting began, the country's Election Commission said it was investigating allegations of vote rigging across the country.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is the overwhelming favorite to win a third term. The country's opposition alliance said it was rejecting the results, alleging rigging, and demanding a fresh vote under a neutral government. Reuters reporters across the country of 165 million people saw low turnouts at polling booths. At one of them, some said they were afraid to comment on the polls, describing an atmosphere of fear.
Deadly clashes in the Muslim-majority country broke out between supporters of the ruling Awami League and its opponents. Alleging vote manipulation, at least six candidates fighting against the ruling party withdrew from the contest. While the main opposition, Bangladesh Nationalists party, said one of its candidates was stabbed while moving around in his constituency.
The BNP boycotted the last election in 2014, claiming it wouldn't be free and fair. It appears history is repeating itself.