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In pictures: Bangladesh votes

Security on the streets ahead of the poll

Security was tight in Bangladesh as the country went to the polls to replace a caretaker government.

Bangladeshi women wait in line to vote in Dhaka

Queuing started early outside polling stations, with women and men lining up separately.

Sheikh Hasina of the Awami League

Sheikh Hasina of the Awami League was the first of the main contenders to cast her vote in Dhaka...

Khaleda Zia of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party .

...followed shortly afterwards by Khaleda Zia of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party.

Voter in Bangladesh

Many voters expressed satisfaction that the ID system was an improvement on past polls.

Bangladeshi polling agents have breakfast in Dhaka before entering polling station

Some polling agents in Dhaka grabbed a quick breakfast before going into polling stations.

Men wait to vote in Dhaka

Some 200,000 electoral observers, including 2,500 from abroad, are monitoring the vote.

Official mark's a voter's hand

The parties of both leading candidates, Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia, have been in power before.

A polling officer locks the ballot box in front of polling agents in Dhaka

The candidates have pledged to lower food prices, and to tackle corruption and terrorism.

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