Bangladesh Elections: Sheikh Hasina Wins For The Fourth Time, Opposition Demands New Vote

| December 31 , 2018 , 17:08 IST

Bangladesh's Election Commission announced the win of Sheikh Hasina as the next Prime Minister of Bangladesh on Monday.

Sheikh Hasina secured a fourth term with a landslide victory in polls the opposition slammed as “farcical” over claims of vote-rigging, and clashes between rival supporters that killed at least 17 people.

Election Commission Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed finished delivering the results of the voting earlier today.

Three-hundred seats were up for grabs in the 350-member parliament, or Jatiya Sangshad, in Sunday's elections. Another 50 seats were reserved for women.

According to media reports, Helal Uddin Ahmed said the coalition led by Hasina’s Awami League party won 288 out of 300 seats and got 96% votes in Sunday’s polls.

The opposition alliance led by prominent lawyer Kamal Hossain won only seven seats.

The 71-year-old, Hasina is lauded by supporters for overseeing a decade of impressive economic growth in the impoverished South Asian nation that was more commonly known for its frequent floods and cyclones.

Deadly violence and bitter rivalry that marred the election campaign spilt over into the voting day, even as authorities imposed tight security with 600,000 troops, police and other security forces deployed across the country.

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There are reports of about 15 people killed on polling day violence from different parts of the country. Among them, 8 were from ruling Awami League two Bangladesh National Party, one Jaatiya Party, one Ansar (Home Guard).

Three died were not identified so far. The deaths were less than those in previous elections (21 in 2014 and 2008; and 52 in 2001).

Voting percentage was in the range of 70%. In the urban and rural area, first-time voters and women formed large queues since morning to cast their votes.