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Nearly 80% voter turnout

  • Published at 03:56 pm December 31st, 2018
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Female voters stand in queue to cast their vote at polling center in Dhaka on December 30 Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

There will be no re-election, says the CEC

The chief election commissioner (CEC) has said that 80% voters have exercised their franchise during Sunday's 11th general election.

CEC KM Nurul Huda made the disclosure during a press briefing at the Election Commission office in Dhaka's Agargaon on Monday afternoon.

He stressed that voters across the country had voted in a festive and fair environment.

However, he said, voting in 16 polling centers around the country had been suspended due to various reasons.

"We also convey our deepest sympathies to the families of the 14 people who died in election violence," he added.

However, the Dhaka Tribune independently verified the deaths of 18 people in violent incidents across the country during Sunday’s polls.

"A total of 104.1 million, about 80% of the total voters, exercised their voting right on Sunday," said the CEC.

He added: "Sunday's election has the approval of both local and foreign media and election observers. We are satisfied about how things have transpired."

CEC KM Nurul Huda, centre, alongside other election commissioners at the press briefing at the Election Commission office on December 31, 2018 | Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

When asked about the irregularities during the voting, he said: "We do not regret that. If anyone has any objection, they should file a complaint to us. We will definitely look into that."

Regarding Jatiya Oikya Front’s demand for a re-election, Huda said: "There will be no re-election. Sunday's election was very credible and people are quite satisfied about it. There is nothing else to do about their demand."

Bagging 267 seats, Prime Minister and Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina secured a third successive term in office with her ruling party and its Grand Alliance partners, winning the polls held in 299 constituencies by a landslide.

BNP and its Jatiya Oikya Front alliance won only eight seats; while Jatiya Party managed to win 20, making sure it will return to parliament as the main opposition despite being a ruling party ally.

Three other seats went to independent runners.

Results of Brahmanbaria 2 constituency were suspended due to some problems in three polling centres.

The voting in Gaibandha 3 was deferred to January 27, after Oikya Front candidate TIM Fazley Rabbi died on December 20.