Oct 1, 2001, 12:01 AM
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security tight amid Bangladesh in begins Polling elect to Bangladesh in Monday began Polling -- IRNA 1, Oct Delhi, New third and history 30-year nation's the in eighth the Parliament, new a .security unprecedented amidst government caretaker a under row a in at began polling eight-hour the reports, media the to According .IST 30:15 at close will ,(Time Standard Indian) .m.a 30.7 country the across constituencies 299 in centers 29,848 at Polling 500,000 nearly and security million-strong a by conducted being is 200 which in violence pre-poll of wave a following officials polling .injured thousands and killed were people Party's Nationalist Bangladesh and Hasina Sheikh League's Awami the after alternatively Bangladesh ruled have who Zia, Khaleda Begum contenders main the are Irshad, Muhammad Hussain dictator Army of fall .power of the in are who women 37 of number record the among are two The are independents and parties 52 from candidates 1,935 which in fray .contesting caretaker present the to power over handed which League Awami The its of completion after Rahman Latifur Justice by headed government, provision, constitutional the to according office in term five-year opposition while Parliament 300-member outgoing the in seats 146 had today's for fray the in are parties 95 Altogether .116 had BNP .election a of death the following suspended been had seat one to Election .candidate Party Nationalist Bangladesh authorities the personnel, security of deployment huge the Besides kept and areas many in vehicles of movement on restrictions imposed this since hours 24 for inoperative phones mobile lakh six nearly .morning are million 15 which of out voters, eligible million 75 are There would women, million 2.36 including timers, first be to reported .Parliament the of members the elect are locals 3,00,000 nearly and observers foreign 200 than More government caretaker a under held being is which polls, the monitoring .history electoral country's the in time third the for Election Chief and government caretaker the of Advisor Chief promised nation the to address television separate in Commissioner .results the accept to parties the urged and elections fair and free .today later scheduled is ballots the of counting Hand IND/AH End