In Bangladesh, some voters allege being barred from polling booths


By Zeba Siddiqui and Ruma Paul DHAKA (Reuters) – At least three voters in southeast Bangladesh, including a journalist, told Reuters on Sunday that they were barred from entering polling booths or were told their ballot papers had already been filled in, hours after voting began in the nation’s general election. The journalist, who declined to be identified for fear of reprisals, said activists of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s ruling Awami League party in Chittagong, Bangladesh’s second-largest city, warned him and other voters at the polling centre not to go inside. “They said we didn’t need to go inside as our votes had already been cast,” the journalist told Reuters by phone, adding that there were five other voters around him at the time at the polling centre set up at the national primary school in Chittagong’s Kotwali area

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