Dhaka, Dec 31 (UNB) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said the win of the Awami League-led Grand Alliance in the 11th national election is another victory for the people of the country in December --the month of victory.
The Prime Minister came up with the remarks when political leaders as well as senior officials of civil and military administration greeted her at her office in the capital, marking reelection of her party with absolute majority in the national election.
Sheikh Hasina said the victory is nothing for her for personal gains, rather it is a great responsibility towards the country and its people.
The Prime Minister said she thinks her reelection is a great opportunity to serve the country and materialise the dreams of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman through completing his unfinished tasks.
She also extended her greetings to the country’s people on the occasion of the New Year.
The leaders and officials greeted Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina by presenting her bouquets.
The political leaders and government officials include Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan, Prime Minister’s Advisers Dr Toufique-e Elahi Chowdhury and Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, Najma Rahman, Prime Minister’s Principal Secretary, Cabinet Secretary, Public Administration Secretary, the chiefs of the three services, the IGP, Prime Minister’s Press Secretary and BGB and Rab Director Generals.
Prime Minister’s younger sister Sheikh Rehana and Prime Minister’s daughter Saima Wazed Hossain were present on the occasion.
Dhaka, Dec 31 (UNB) – Election Commission Secretary Helaluddin Ahmed on Monday said the 11th general election held under a political government will remain as a bright example in the history democracy.
“The voting in the parliamentary elections was held in a very free, fair and peaceful environment under a political government, this election will remain as a bright example,” he said.
The secretary came up with the remarks while talking to reporters about the outcome of the elections at Nirbachan Bhaban in the city.
Various local and foreign observers have expressed their satisfaction over the voting, Helaluddin Ahmed said adding that the Election Commission is also happy over the election.
“For the first time, we used Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in six constituencies on experimental basis. There was a huge curiosity and big anxiety over the use of these machines,” he said.
“We've been able to use the EVM successfully. We'll use this technology in the upcoming elections. We got the results of the constituencies a bit late as those were brought from remote areas,” he said.
“We'll consider how fast we can receive results from these EVMs in the future,” he added.
Helaluddin Ahmed congratulated the ruling Awami League on winning the election for the consecutive 3rd time.
He also thanked the other political parties for cooperating with the EC in holding the election successfully.
Mentioning that the EC’s another big responsibility is publishing the result gazette, he said, “The gazette will be handed over to the Speaker when it's published. The process of forming the new government will start with the taking of oath by MPs.”
Dhaka, Dec 31 (UNB) - A group of foreign and local observers on Monday termed the just-held national election a free and fair that maintained the international standards.
They said voters could cast their votes without any fear and in a very festive mood.
The observers appreciated the role of the Bangladesh Election Commission for holding a peaceful election.
They, however, said they are saddened at the loss of lives outside Dhaka mentioning that they feel assured that the EC will investigate the incidents.
Executive Director of Election Monitoring Forum and Secretary General of Saarc Human Rights Foundation M Abed Ali, Canadian observer Tania Foster and Indian observer Dr Gautom Ghosh, among others, spoke.
Dhaka, Dec 31 (UNB) – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday congratulated Awami League President Sheikh Hasina on her party’s third consecutive win with absolute majority in Bangladesh’s 11the national election.
Her party secured two-thirds majority in Sunday’s election.
Reiterated India's continued commitment to work together for the development of Bangladesh and further strengthening of our bilateral relations.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 31, 2018
“The Indian Prime Minister phoned his counterpart Sheikh Hasina at about 10:30 am and congratulated her, the Awami League and the people of Bangladesh after her party's win with absolute majority in the national election held on Sunday," PM's Press Secretary IhsanulKarim said.
"The victory of the Awami League in the polls is the reflection of stunning development that Bangladesh attained under your dynamic leadership," Modi said.
The Press Secretary mentioned that the Indian Prime Minister assured that his country will continue to support Bangladesh's development efforts as in the past.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also thanked the Indian Prime Minister for making the phone call and said he is the first head of state or government who congratulated her after her party's landslide victory in Sunday's parliamentary elections.
She also thanked India for their consistent and generous support which has benefited Bangladesh’s development, and appreciated Modi’s reiteration of this commitment.
Spoke to Sheikh Hasina Ji and congratulated her on the resounding victory in the Bangladesh elections.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 31, 2018
Wished her the very best for the tenure ahead.
In a statement said, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said Prime Minister Modi expressed confidence that the partnership between Bangladesh and India will continue to flourish under her far-sighted leadership.
“We welcome the successful completion of the parliamentary elections in Bangladesh. India warmly congratulates the people of Bangladesh for reaffirming their faith in democracy, development and the vision of Bangabandhu Sheikh MujiburRahman,” said the MEA.
Modi also reiterated the priority India attaches to Bangladesh as a neighbour, a close partner for regional development, security and cooperation, and a central pillar in India’s ‘’Neighbourhood First” policy.
“The conversation was very cordial, fully reflecting the close and traditionally friendly relations between India and Bangladesh,” said the MEA.
Heartiest congratulations to Sheikh Hasina Ji on the victory in the Bangladesh General Election— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) December 31, 2018
বাংলাদেশ জাতীয় সংসদ নির্বাচনে জয়ের জন্য শেখ হাসিনা জি কে জানাই অভিনন্দন
Meanwhile, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee congratulated Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
“Heartiest congratulations to Sheikh HasinaJi on the victory in the Bangladesh General Election,” she tweeted.
haka, Dec 30 (UNB) – Awami League-led Grand Alliance candidates were unofficially declared elected in 285 constituencies while Dr Kamal-led Jatiya Oikyafront came out successful in seven seats in the early counting of votes.
Of the Grand Alliance, Awami League alone got 259 seats while Jatiya Party 20, Election Commission Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed announced at 4:02 am on Monday.
Three independent candidates also emerged victorious.
According to the unofficial results, Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina won the election from Gopalganj-3 constituency.
Sheikh Hasina bagged 229,539 votes while her nearest rival SM Jilani of BNP polled 123.
Awami League runner Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury was unofficially elected from Rangpur-6 by a huge margin.
She bagged 234,426 votes in all 107 polling stations of the constituency while her nearest rival Jatiya Oikyafront contender Saiful Islam polled 24,053.
Jatiay Party Chairman HM Ershad was unofficially declared elected in Rangpur-3 constituency.
Ershad bagged 142,926 votes while his nearest rival candidate Rita Rahman of Jatiya Oikyafront polled 53,089.
In Gopalganj-2, AL candidate Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim bagged 281,909 votes to defeat his nearest rival Taslim Shikdar from Islamic Andolon Bangladesh who polled 608. BNP aspirant Sirajul Islam got 286 votes in the election.
In Gopalganj-1, AL contestant M Faruk Khan defeated SD Sharfuzzaman Jahangir by a huge margin of vote. Faruk bagged 303,162 votes against 57 of Jahangir.
Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza has won a landslide victory in Narail-2 constituency.
Mashrafe got 274,418 out of 284,813 votes which were cast as per the unofficial counting. His e closest contender Jatiya Oikyafront’s AZM Dr. Fariduzzaman polled 8,006.
In Kishoreganj-1 constituency, Awami League aspirant Syed Ashraful Islam was unofficially elected bagging 260,973 votes against his rival candidate Rezaul Karim Khan of BNP.
Jatiya Party candidate Mujibul Hoque Chunnu came out successful bagging 239,616 votes in Kishoreganj-3 constituency while Awami League candidate Rezwan Ahmed Toufiq got 258,516 votes in Kishoreganj-4 constituency to win the election.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir came out successful in Bogura-6 constituency. He bagged 205,987 votes to defeat the Jatiya Party candidate who polled 39,961.
In Bogura-4, Mosharraf Hossain defeated Boat candidate securing 128,585 votes against Boat candidate’s 86,048.
In Thakurgaon-3 seat, BNP’s Zahidur Rahman was elected unofficially bagging 87,165 votes against AL rebel Imdadaul Haque’s 84,109.
In Moulvibazar-2 constituency, Jatiya Oikyafront candidate Sultan Mohammad Monsur Ahmed defeated Bikolpa Dhara Bangladesh contestant MM Shaheen. Sultan Monsur bagged 79,742 against Shaheen’s 77,170.
In Chapainwabganj-2, BNP candidate Aminul Islam got 175,466 votes to defeat Ziaur Rahman of Awami League who polled 139,952.
In Chapainawabganj-3, Harunur Rashid of BNP (133,661) defeated Abdul Wadud of Awami League (85,938).
Earlier, voting in the election was held amid allegations of irregularities, including overnight stuffing of ballot boxes and capturing of polling stations, and sporadic violence in different parts of the country, leaving 16 people dead.
The voting in the capital was, however, almost peaceful as reported by UNB reporters.