Elections in development countries are frequently violent and that affects the democratization and
development process and deserving candidates are afraid of participating in the elections. This current
study wants to contribute to the electoral violence scholarship by exploring how policy change,
candidate selection, and patrimonial (patronage) system cause the violence in the local government
election in Bangladesh. This research project seeks to examine and explore the relationships between
these three factors of electoral violence and wants to fill a critical gap in the scholarship on ‘electoral
violence’, which has previously almost exclusively paid attention to the electoral process, electoral
engineering, conditions of elections under authoritarian rule, or violent political conflict.