Hasina wins 4th straight term in Bangladesh elections amid opposition boycott

Dhaka, Jan 8 (EFE).- Current prime minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, has won a fourth straight term in the recent general elections, marked by opposition boycott and low turnout, according to the preliminary results.

Hasina’s Awami League won 223 of the 299 seats that were up for grabs, according to provisional results announced by the Election Commission.

Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Habibul Awal at a press briefing in Dhaka announced that the Jatiya Party won 11 seats to emerge as the second-largest party in the parliament after the ruling Awami League.

Apart from those two parties, the Bangladesh Workers Party, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal and Bangladesh Kalyan Party won one seat each while independent candidates won 61 seats.

Results in one seat remained suspended due to irregularities, said Awal, adding that a re-election would be conducted there on Jan. 13.

The elections witnessed a 41.8 percent turnout, according to the final count of the Electoral Commission, Awal said, which was significantly lower than the 80.2 percent turnout in the 2018 elections.

“One big party and its allies did not participate, you are all aware. They motivated people not to vote, we would have been happier if all parties had participated…unfortunately that did not happen,” Awal said.

The opposition BNP and its allies boycotted the election over Hasina’s refusal to dissolve her government and appoint an interim administration to oversee the polls.

The party formally rejected the result of Sunday’s general election and demanded a fresh election. EFE am/sc

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