Election Results: A Victory Too Big to Believe?

  • Ali RiazEmail author
Part of the Politics of South Asia book series (POSAS)


The election not only delivered a landslide victory to the incumbent Bangladesh Awami League with 96% of the seats but also produced unbelievable results at the constituency level. In 51 out of 300 seats, more than 80% of the popular votes were secured by the candidates of the ruling party alliance. This chapter analyzes the results, compares them with two previously inclusive elections in 2001 and 2008, shows the trend and pattern of voting, and explains the incredulity of the loss of the opposition, particularly the BNP. The chapter also shows the discrepancies between the constituencies which used electronic voting machines (EVM) and elsewhere.


Voting pattern Two-party system EVM Trendline 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Politics and GovernmentIllinois State UniversityNormalUSA

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