The Awami League (AL) of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajid is heading towards landslide victory as half of the seats declared so far. According to the counting of votes so far, Awami league has won 149 seats and it is leading on nearly 120 seats. It is expected to win more than 265 seats out of 299 parliament seats. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajid all set to win the third consecutive term and fourth overall.
The opposition has been decimated, reduced to single figure and Awami League is set to win over 90% of all the seats. The opposition has rejected the results and face of Jatiyo Oikyo Mancho (National Unity Front) Dr, Kamal Hossain has demanded repoll.
Dr Kamal Hossain dubbed the election result as ‘vote dacoity’ and demanded fresh polls under impartial Election commission. He said, “more than 100 National United Front candidates have boycotted the election midway”. He said a non-partisan government should conduct re-poll. BNP General secretary Fakhrul Alamgir also said that this result has vindicated their decision not to take part in the last elections as it is a ‘cruel joke on democracy’.
Sheikh Hasina has won from her Gopalganj 3 seat by a massive margin of 229539 votes. In her first reaction after record third consecutive win in general elections, Hasina said, “Not the time for victory marches, now is the time to build the nation”. Bangladeshi information minister has said that this result has shown that BNP’s days are numbered.
According to the Election Commission, 1,848 candidates contested the election for 299 out of 300 Parliament seats. The election commission established 40,183 polling stations across the country. Voting was suspended in one seat due to the death of a candidate.
The voting started at 8 AM (local time) and ended at 4 PM without any interruption. The counting started after 4 PM and results started to pour in. Awami League took commanding lead on most seats in the early trends.
20 opposition parties formed the National Unity Front while led by main opposition party BNP of former Prime Minister Khalid Zia which has been wiped out in the elections. While 14 party Grand Alliance led by ruling Awami league is heading towards crushing victory. With this third consecutive victory, Sheikh Hasina will become the longest serving leader of Bangladesh.
The results at a glance
Awami League = 265 seats
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) = 07 seats
Jatiyo Party = 02 seats
Others = 07 seats
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18 March, 2019