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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Low Election Turnout

DHAKA ( -- Bangladesh voters stayed away in droves from parliamentary elections Thursday, either frightened by violence that killed at least 14 people or observing an opposition boycott, witnesses and officials said.

The 14 deaths occurred in skirmishes involving security forces, election-protesters and supporters of the poll.

Polling booths in the capital Dhaka were deserted six hours after voting began, officials said. In many places just 6 percent to 12 percent of eligible voters turned up.

But Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia, whose Bangladesh National Party is assured of victory as a result of the boycott led by her arch-rival Sheikh Hasina of the Awami League, has said she will form the next government even if only 10 percent of voters cast ballots.