January 5 JS polls
Intense localised violence leading to at least 18 deaths, very low voter turnout and high tension sum up the 10th general election held on January 5. In a one-sided election boycotted by the BNP and without any opponents of note, the ruling Awami League had already sealed a two-thirds majority by securing at least 74 seats in the 147 constituencies that went to the polls.
Enthusiasm among voters was little, as the outcome of the polls had already been known weeks before.
The Jatiya Party won 12 seats, the Workers Party three, the Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal two and independent candidates seven, according to early results. The fate of the remaining 49 seats was yet to be known.
Candidates in 153 of the total 300 parliamentary seats have already been elected unopposed.