Bangladesh will hold general elections on January 21, its election commission announced on Monday, despite thousands of protesters rallying in Dhaka calling for the commissioners' resignation.
The protesters gathered in central Dhaka to press for electoral reforms and the resignation of three election commissioners, accusing them of bias in favour of former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia.
The protesters had planned the sit-in in front of the Bangabhaban, the official house of President Iajuddin Ahmed.
But security forces manning barbed-wire barricades prevented the protesters from coming close to the president's office and kept them blocks away.
Ahmed currently heads a caretaker government to oversee the elections.