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Awami League retains power for 5 more years

07 Jan 2024, 08:00Update : 08 Jan 2024, 02:50
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Hello and welcome to Dhaka Tribune's round-the-clock coverage of the 12th General Election, 2024.

Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina won the Gopalganj-3 constituency in a landslide victory, her eighth term as a Member of Parliament, while her party clinched victory in 223 seats to form the government in the much-talked-about election yesterday.

Awami League retains power for 5 more years

07 Jan 2024, 08:01Update : 08 Jan 2024, 02:52

 

Prime Minister and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina won the Gopalganj-3 constituency in a landslide victory, her eighth term as a Member of Parliament, while her party clinched victory in 223 seats to form the government in the much-talked-about election yesterday.

12:44am: Hasan Mahmud emerges victorious in Chittagong-7

Information Minister Hasan Mahmud has bagged victory in the Chittagong-7 constituency for the fourth time. He was elected from this seat by securing 198,976 votes. His nearest rival, Islami Front candidate Advocate Muhammad Iqbal Hasan got 9,301 votes with Candle symbol. The total number of centres is 103.

12:42am: Shahriar Alam bags victory in Rajshahi-6

The Awami League-nominated candidate for Rajshahi-6, Shahriar Alam, has been elected as an MP for the fourth time in the 12th parliamentary election held on Sunday.

11:35pm: Abdur Razzaque becomes MP for 5th time from Tangail-1

Agriculture Minister Abdur Razzaque won the Tangail-1 constituency in the 12th national parliamentary election on Sunday.

11:30pm: Kushtia-2: Boat sinks as Inu suffers defeat

Hasanul Haq Inu, president of the Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal, was defeated by 19,161 votes in the 12th parliamentary elections held on Sunday. Inu who contested from Kushtia-2 (Mirpur-Bheramara) seat with the Awami League’s electoral symbol Boat got 79,735 votes.

 

10:57pm: Barisal-2: Menon secures victory

Bangladesh Workers Party President and Boat candidate for Barisal-2 constituency Rashed Khan Menon has secured victory, as per the unofficial count. Menon received 124,573 votes across 136 centres in the constituency. His nearest competitor was independent candidate AK Fayezul Haque Raju (Eagle symbol) with 32,019 votes, putting the margin of victory at 92,554 votes.

10:33pm: Mashrafe to ‘captain' Narail-2 once again

Mashrafe Bin Mortaza is set to “captain” Narail-2 constituency once again as the former international cricketer has secured a win in the seat. He bagged 1,11,157 votes, while his nearest rival Hafizur Rahman secured 1,919 votes on Sunday’s 12th national polls.

10:31pm: Hero Alom boycotts polls

Popular social media personality Ashraful Hossen Alom, better known as Hero Alom, has boycotted the 12th national parliamentary election alleging various irregularities. On Sunday evening, he posted a status on his official Facebook page saying: "Due to various irregularities, Hero Alom has boycotted this election."

10:06pm: Kazi Nabil secures sweeping victory in Jessore-3

Awami League-nominated candidate Kazi Nabil Ahmed has managed a resounding victory in the Jessore-3 constituency in the 12th national parliamentary election. According to the results obtained from a total of 189 centres, he secured 121,720 votes with the Boat symbol. His nearest rival, independent candidate and Sadar upazila Awami League President Mohit Kumar Nath, got 64,511 votes with the Eagle symbol.

Quader crushes opponents in Noakhali-5

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader has been re-elected for the fifth time in Noakhali-5 seat by a huge margin. Obaidul Quader bagged 181,279 votes while his nearest contender managed to secure only 9,702 ballots with the Plough symbol.

09:45pm: Ferdous gets perfect ten in debut electoral victory

Awami League candidate -nominated candidate and Dhallywood actor Ferdous Ahmed has won the electoral race in his first try in Dhaka-10 seat.

09:38pm: Sheikh Hasina asks Awami League men to refrain from victory parades

Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina has instructed her party leaders, workers and supporters not to hold any victory procession following the announcement of the results of the 12th general election. She has also directed them not to get involved in conflict with any candidate and his or her supporters after the announcement, Awami League Deputy Office Secretary Sayeem Khan said on Sunday night.

09:20pm: Brahmanbaria-4: Anisul Huq secures huge victory

Law Minister Anisul Huq has unofficially won in Brahmanbaria-4 in the 12th national election that concluded on Sunday. Anisul bagged 220,667 votes while his nearest rival, Shaheen Khan from the National People’s Party, with the Mongo symbol secured 6,586 votes.

09:17pm: Palak secures fourth term as Natore-3 MP

Zunaid Ahmed Palak, the Awami League candidate for Natore-3, has become a member of parliament for the fourth consecutive time defeating his rival by 92,687 votes. Palak bagged 135,706 votes while his nearest rival independent candidate with the Eagle symbol got 43,019 votes.

09:15pm: Boat candidate Kazi Nabil Ahmed takes big lead in Jessore-3

Awami League nominated candidate and current Member of Parliament Kazi Nabil Ahmed has taken a big lead in Jessore-3 constituency in the 12th national parliamentary election.

Habiganj-4: Barrister Suman bags crushing victory

Independent candidate Barrister Syed Sayedul Haque Suman has secured the Habiganj-4 (Madhabpur-Chunarughat) constituency in the 12th general election. He secured the victory by a huge margin by securing over 198,000 votes with the Eagle symbol.

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08:51pm: Shakib Al Hasan wins Magura-1 constituency

Awami League candidate for Magura-1 constituency Shakib Al Hasan has won the electoral race by bagging 185,388 votes. His nearest rival Kazi Rezaul Hossain secured 45,993 votes. The total number of seats in this constituency is 152.

08:41pm: 6 jailed for casting fake votes in Brahmanbaria

A mobile court in Brahmanbaria has sentenced six people to different jail terms for casting fake votes in two parliamentary constituencies.

Sheikh Hasina wins landslide victory from Gopalganj-3

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Awami League president has won the Gopalganj-3 constituency almost unopposed in a landslide victory bagging 2,49,962 votes in Sunday’s 12th general election. The total number of seats in this constituency is 108.

08:20pm: Quader urges to remain vigilant till final polls result

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader has urged his party men to remain vigilant until the final declaration of the polls result. He addressed the media from the Awami League Tejgaon office immediately after the voting ended on Sunday.

Early results show Awami League leading electoral race

The early results of the 12th national polls show that Awami League is leading the electoral race. So far, unofficially, Awami League has won in 10 constituencies. The seats are Lalmonirhat -3, Natore-3, Satkhira-4, Jhenaidah-4, Thakurgaon-2, Kurigram-3, Barisal-2, Manikganj-3, Lakshmipur-4, Patuakhali-3. Balloting in the 12th national polls in Bangladesh ended on Sunday amidst a largely peaceful environment.

06:25pm: Chittagong-10: Two shot in clash between activists of AL, independent candidate

At least two people were shot in a clash between activists of Awami League nominated candidate Mohiuddin Bachchu and independent candidate Mohammad Manjur Alam in Chittagong on Sunday.

06:20pm: Presiding officer, 2 others arrested for ballot stuffing in Mymensingh

Law enforcers have arrested three people, including a presiding officer, for irregularities at a polling station in Gafargaon under Mymensingh-10 constituency.

Voter turnout 40% across Bangladesh

The Election Commission has said 40% of votes were cast across Bangladesh during the 12th national elections on Sunday. Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Kazi Habibul Awal disclosed the information at a polls briefing held at the Agargaon Election Commission (EC) building.

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06:10pm: Dhaka-14: Presiding officer accused of taking pre-voting signatures from agents

The presiding officer at the Dhaka-14 seat has allegedly taken signatures from polling agents of the candidates at the Kallyanpur Girls' School and College polling centre before the end of voting.

 

05:26pm: Sylhet-2 MP, 3 other candidates boycott polls

MP of Sylhet 2 (Bishwanath-Osmaninagar) constituency and candidate from Ganaforum Mokabbir Khan, along with three other candidates, on Sunday withdrew from the 12th national parliamentary election, alleging rigging and expulsion of agents from polling stations.

05:13pm: Barisal-5: 4 arrested for trying to cast fake votes

Four people were arrested while trying to cast fake votes at a polling station in Barisal-5 constituency on Sunday. The incident took place at Shaheed Arjumoni Centre under Barisal City Corporation around 1:30pm, said Sajal Kumar Biswas, the presiding officer of the polling station.

05:01pm: DB chief: Voting held without difficulties

Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Additional Commissioner and Detective Branch (DB) chief Mohammad Harunor Rashid said that barring a few incidents, polling for the 12th national parliamentary election was proceeding smoothly and no major problems were reported. He said this to the media after casting his vote at the Agargaon Government College of Music polling centre in the capital.

04:58pm: Tangail-2: Independent candidate boycotts election

Independent candidate for Tangail-2 (Gopalpur-Bhuapur) constituency Yunus Islam Talukdar on Sunday declared announced that he is boycotting the vote, bringing allegations of vote rigging, and assault on agents.

Voting in national polls ends with largely peaceful atmosphere

Authorities started tallying ballots after voting ended in the 12th national polls in Bangladesh on Sunday amidst a largely peaceful environment. Voting began at 8am at 261,912 polling booths in 42,024 voting centres and continued until 4pm with 299 parliamentary seats up for election. However, centres, where people are still waiting to exercise their franchise, will continue to accept votes. Polls were deferred in one seat at the death of a candidate. The Election Commission said 27% of votes were cast in the first seven hours, from 8am to 3pm.

 

 

 

04:00pm: Madaripur-3: Voting suspended in a centre amid ballot stamping allegations

Voting has been temporarily suspended at a polling center in Madaripur’s Kalkini upazila due to allegations of openly filling ballot boxes with seals, especially after the visit of the constituency’s MP.

27% voter turnout till 3pm

The Election Commission has said 27% of votes were cast in the first seven hours, from 8am to 3pm, on Sunday during the 12th national elections. The Election Commission (EC) Secretary, Md Jahangir Alam shared this information at a press conference held at the Agargaon Election Commission (EC) building. Earlier, 18.5% of votes were cast in the first four hours.

03:25pm: Barguna-1: 2 polling agents sentenced to 1 year in jail

A mobile court has sentenced two polling agents to one year in jail in the Burirchar union of Barguna-1 (Sadar) constituency for using mobile phones.

03:03pm: IGP: Voting atmosphere normal

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Chowdhury Abdullah Al-Mamun on Sunday said that a festive atmosphere prevailed at the polling stations across the country, including the capital Dhaka, as voters were exercising their franchise.

02:55pm: Army chief: Troops to stay on the field as long as EC wants

Chief of Army Staff General SM Shafiuddin Ahmed on Sunday said the troops will stay on the field as long as the Election Commission wants. Talking to reporters at Mirpur Cantonment Public School and College centre in the capital, he said: “I cast my vote in a very peaceful atmosphere.”

01.54pm: Sayeed Khokon: People defy concerns, cast votes

Awami League candidate for Dhaka-6 constituency Sayeed Khokon said voters across Bangladesh were casting their votes despite concerns and fears. He said this to the media after casting his vote at Nazira Bazar Islamia Government Primary School on Sunday.

01.42pm: Narayanganj-2: Voting cancelled at a centre following clash

Voting has been cancelled at a polling centre in Nayaranganj’s Araihazar upazila following a clash between activists of Awami League and Jatiya Party candidates on Sunday. 

At least two people were shot by bullets fired by police to bring the situation under control at around 10am at Ramchandradi Government Primary School. 

01.35pm: Bogra-6: Awami League alleges voter intimidation by BNP-Jamaat supporters

Local Awami League leaders under Bogra-6 constituency on Sunday alleged that the supporters of the BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami are intimidating voters to prevent them from exercising their franchise at the Rajapur Union Parishad Complex centre. Presiding Officer Azizul Aman said such incidents might have taken place outside the polling station.

01.33pm: Barguna-1: Man sentenced to 6 months in jail for casting fake votes

A mobile court has sentenced a man to six months in jail for casting fake votes in Barguna-1. The man, Sabet Hossain, 28, was caught redhanded at a polling centre in Barguna Sadar upazila. 

EC: 18.5% voter turnout in four hours

18.5% of votes were cast in the first four hours, from 8am to 12 noon, during the 12th national elections. The Election Commission (EC) Secretary, Md Jahangir Alam shared this information at a press conference held at the Agargaon Election Commission (EC) building on Sunday afternoon. 

12.45pm: Foreign observers extol free, fair voting

A group of foreign observers visit a polling centre in Dhaka College on Sunday, January 7, 2024. Photo: Dhaka Tribune

12.45pm: CEC: Saw only Awami League’s agents in polling centres

Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Habibul Awal on Sunday said he only found agents of Awami League candidates after visiting several polling centres. The CEC made the statement after returning to the Election Commission after casting his vote.

EC: Voter turnout reaches 8.37% by 10am

Voter turnout is recorded at 8.37% based on results from 42,000 centers nationwide, according to the Election Commission. The EC will revise the turnout figure every two hours.

Awami League retains power for 5 more years

12.30pm: Child, another injured in cocktail blast in Hazaribagh

At least three people, including a child, were injured after cocktails were blasted in front of a polling centre in the capital’s Hazaribagh area.

12.42pm: Home Minister: BNP did not participate in election anticipating defeat

BNP did not participate in the 12th national parliamentary election, knowing they would lose, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said on Sunday.

Voters brave fog, cold as balloting begins across Bangladesh

Election officers expect voter turnout to increase as the day progresses.

12.05pm: EC: Irregularities found in 37 centres, 8 detained

The Election Commission (EC) reported irregularities and chaos in 37 polling centres across the country during the voting on Sunday. Eight people have been detained in connection with the incidents, the EC said in a briefing at the Agargaon Nirbachan Bhaban in the morning.

11.10am: Kazi Nabil Ahmed casts vote

Member of Parliament for Jessore-3 (Sadar) constituency and Awami League-nominated candidate in 12th National Parliament Election Kazi Nabil Ahmed on Sunday cast his vote at the Sheba Sangha Girls High School at 11:00am.

Awami League retains power for 5 more years

11.00am: Boat supporter hacked to death in Munshiganj-3 constituency

A supporter of Mrinal Kanti Das, the Awami League candidate from Munshiganj-3, was stabbed to death by rivals at Tengor in Mirkadim of Munshiganj’s Sadar Upazila.

Ansar injured in crude bomb blast at Jessore-3 polling centre

An Ansar man has been injured as unidentified miscreants hurled a crude bomb at a polling centre in Jessore-3 constituency. The incident happened at Shankarpur Secondary School polling centre in the constituency at 7:15am. 

Dhaka-17 sees a mix of enthusiasm and sparse crowds

The balloting for the Dhaka-17 constituency in the 12th national parliamentary election is underway. Polling centres in Banani and Gulshan have witnessed low voter turnout since 8am amidst the winter morning. 

09.50am: BNP-police clash in Chittagong

A clash broke out on Sunday between police and the members of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) in Chittagong.

09.15am: Voting suspended at Narsingdi polling center due to irregularities, media reports

Voting has been suspended at Ibrahimpur Government Primary School polling centre in Narshingdi-4 constituency comprising Belabo and Monohardi upazilas. Belabo Upazila Nirbahi Officer and Assistant Returning Officer Matiur Rahman said soon after voting began, 8-10 people tried to snatch ballot papers from the presiding officer of Ibrahimpur Government Primary School polling centre.

09.05am: Ferdous urges young voters to cast ballots

Awami League-nominated candidate for Dhaka-10 constituency, Ferdous Ahmed, has asked young voters to come to the voting centres and exercise their franchise.

08.45am: DSCC Mayor Taposh casts vote

Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Mayor Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh casts his vote at 8:39am at the polling station of Dr Maleka College in Dhanmondi, Dhaka.

8.40am: CEC casts his vote

Chief Election Commissioner Habibul Awal cast his vote at Habibullah Bahar College polling centre in Dhaka-8 constituency.

8.30am: Shakib Al Hasan casts his vote

Awami League candidate for Magura-1 constituency Shakib Al Hasan casts his vote at Darimagura Government Primary School polling centre in Magura. Shakib went to the center with his father, sister and close relatives. 

08.10am: Jamaat takes to the streets on election day

Jamaat-e-Islami brought out processions in Dhaka in support of the hartal called by the party and BNP as the nation goes to polls. Jamaat activists held marches in the Uttara area.

Do you know where your polling centre is? Check it here

Bangladesh Election Commission Secretariat released the “Smart Election Management BD” app, which is intended to help voters stay updated online. Voters can see their polling centres and their addresses, voter numbers, and voting serial numbers by providing NID information and birth date in the designated sections of the app.

08.03am: Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina casts her vote at Dhaka City College polling centre. Sheikh Hasina came to the polling center along with her daughter, Saima Wazed, at around 8am, and she casts her vote at 8.03am.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina casts her vote at Dhaka City College on Sunday, January 7, 2024. Photo: Dhaka Tribune

08.00am: Voting begins in Bangladesh’s 12th national parliament election

 

 

 

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