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Election Campaigning Ends in Bangladesh

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Campaigning has ended in Bangladesh ahead of Monday's parliamentary elections.

The front-runners in the race rallied their supporters and promised to improve the lot of ordinary Bangladeshis, as they held their final campaign events on Saturday.

Bangladesh National Party leader Khaleda Zia spoke to a crowd of 100-thousand in the capital, Dhaka, promising a prosperous future for the impoverished nation. Meanwhile, her chief rival, Awami League leader Sheikh Hasina, told supporters in Chittagong that she would usher in a "digital revolution" for Bangladesh. She has promised to modernize the country through technology.

An estimated 600-thousand law enforcement officers and soldiers are being deployed to keep the peace, after the government lifted a state of emergency that was in effect during the nearly two years of military rule.

The actual balloting will be scrutinized by 200-thousand local monitors and two thousand foreign observers.


The military intervened in January of 2007 to stop months of violence between supporters of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party and the Awami League.

Leaders of both parties have been jailed on corruption charges.

One accounting found that about 150 candidates are either facing murder or corruption charges. But Bangladeshi officials say criminal suspects are free to contest the election until their appeals to the Supreme Court are exhausted.

Our stringers Matiur Rahman Chowdhury, and Zahurul Alam has more on the election campaign. Besides there is also a two way with Iqbal Bahar Chowdhury , the Chief of VOA Bangla Service now in Dhaka, on latest situation ahead of the parliamentary election.

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