The first of four phases of local elections to be held in March concluded peacefully on Saturday, March 10, with subsequent election phases scheduled in upazilas (sub-districts) across the country on March 18, 22, and 31; a final phase will be scheduled for an as-yet unannounced date. Authorities have announced security measures to be imposed in electoral areas surrounding polling days, including visibly increased security deployments and restrictions on vehicular movements; related measures and deployments will remain in place for five days (including two days before and after the respective election date).
Unrest related to the ongoing local elections is possible, including demonstrations, localized clashes between rival supporters, or other violence. Several political parties have boycotted the vote, including the primary opposition party the Bangladesh National Party (BNP).
Individuals in Bangladesh are advised to monitor the situation, anticipate transportation disruptions and heightened security measures, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments, and avoid all political gatherings due to the risk of violence.
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