Dhaka: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was Sunday elected virtually unopposed from the Gopalganj-3 constituency as she won by a landslide, bagging 229,539 votes while her main BNP opponent could manage just 123.
The Election Commission officially announced Hasina’s win in the evening.
Hasina is aiming for a record fourth term as prime minister with her Awami League opening up a big lead in early results following a tense vote.
She did not face much competition from her rivals as Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s S M Jilani secured only 123 votes, Islami Andolan Bangladesh candidate Maruf Sheikh got 71, while rest of the candidates received a mere 14 votes.
According to the EC, a total of 229,747 votes were cast.
Bangladesh opposition alliance rejects polls, demands fresh vote
Facing imminent defeat, Bangladesh’s opposition NUF alliance, with jailed ex-premier Khaleda Zia’s BNP as its key partner, on Sunday rejected the outcome of the general election and demanded fresh polls under a neutral caretaker government.
The National Unity Front (NUF) is a coalition of parties including the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), Gono Forum, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal-JSD, Nagorik Oikya and Krishak Sramik Janata League.
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