Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s ruling party and its allies have won 288 of the 300 parliamentary seats on Sunday, surpassing its previous election wins. Its main rival, the Bangladesh National party (BNP), won just seven seats.
The Jatiya Party, a key ally of the ruling party in the Grand Alliance, has secured one constituency. No other party has managed any win so far as the candidates with ‘boat’ symbol.
The winners include Hasina herself (Gopalganj-3), national cricketer Mashrafe Bin Mortaza (Narail-2), former Bangladesh Chhatra League leader Saifuzzaman Shikhor (Magura-1), and State Minister for Youth and Sports Biren Sikder (Magura-2).
The opposition has condemned the vote as “farcical,” marred by violence, intimidation and vote rigging claims as the mass arrest of opposition activists and at least 17 deaths of party workers and police on polling day.
The opposition coalition said several of its voting scrutineers were arrested on Saturday, which intimidated others to stay away from polling stations.
“We call upon the election commission to declare this farcical election void and demand a fresh election under a neutral government,” said Kamal Hossain, who coordinates an alliance of opposition parties that was hoping to unseat Hasina.
Jahangir Kabir Nanak, the joint secretary of the Awami League, said the opposition had been “rejected by the people of Bangladesh” and that its refusal to accept voting results was “not unusual”.
However, Sajeeb Wazed, Hasina’s son and an Awami League member, told Reuters no one was intimidated into voting for the party and accused the BNP of pre-election violence.
“Overall, there were long lines at polling stations and voting was peaceful. Despite the alarmist characterisations of outsiders, democracy is stable and flourishing in Bangladesh,” Wazed said by email.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party congratulated Hasina, calling her victory important for regiona ..
The Bangladesh election commission said early on Monday that “My congratulations to the Awami League,” said Helal Uddin Ahmed, secretary of the election commission secretariat, in a televised speech, reading the results.