Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina secured her third consecutive term and fourth overall with a landslide victory in the nation’s general elections. The results were announced by the Election Commission on December 31, 2018.
Sheikh Hasina’s ruling party Bangladesh Awami League and its allies won 288 of the 299 parliamentary seats contested, surpassing its previous election win when it had won 234 seats. This is an unprecedented feat in the country’s political history as no other leader in Bangladesh has been able to win a third consecutive term.
1. The Election Commission confirmed that Hasina won her Gopalganj-3 seat bagging over 2.29 lakh votes, while her Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) opponent got only 123 votes.
2. The ruling coalition has reportedly won more than 80 per cent of votes, making it the strongest governments in South Asia.
3. According to reports, the Grand Alliance-led by the Awami league won as many as 288 seats, while the opposition alliance won less than 10 seats.
4. The main opposition party BNP won five seats and the Gano Forum is reported to have won two seats. The remaining four seats were won by Independents.
5. The voting took place in 299 out of 300 seats on December 30. The voting was suspended for one seat due to the death of a candidate.