Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has secured her third consecutive term with a landslide victory in Bangladesh’s national election.
According to reports, Hasina’s party and its allies won almost all of the 300 parliamentary seats contested, in its best ever result. But the opposition alliance, which won just seven seats, condemned the vote as “farcical”, marred by violence, intimidation and vote rigging claims.
Election authorities said there could be no re-run. Although the election commission earlier said it had heard vote-rigging allegations from “across the country” and would investigate, the commissioner said voting had been held in a peaceful manner and hence there would be no new vote.
Bangladesh’s parliament has 350 seats in total, 50 of which are reserved for women and allotted proportional to the overall vote. “We urge the election commission to void this farcical result immediately,” opposition leader Kamal Hossain. He further added, “We are demanding that a fresh election is held under a neutral government as early as possible.”