Bangladeshi general election, 1979

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Bangladeshi general election, 1979
Bangladesh
← 1973 February 18, 1979 (1979-02-18) 1986 →

All 300 seats in the Jatiyo Sangshad
151 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party
 
Leader Ziaur Rahman -
Party BNP Awami League
Leader since 1978 -
Leader's seat Bogra -
Last election New 293 seats
Seats won 207 39
Popular vote 7,934,236 4,734,277
Percentage 41.2% 24.5%

Prime Minister of Bangladesh before election

Ziaur Rahman
BNP

Office dissolved

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The Second National Parliamentary Elections 1979 (Bengali: দ্বিতীয় জাতীয় সংসদ নির্বাচন ১৯৭৯) were held in Bangladesh on 18 February 1979. The result was a victory for the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, which won 207 of the 300 seats. Voter turnout was 51.3%.[1]

The election was quite credible according to observers.[2] Almost all the parties participated and the BNP emerged as victor with 207 seats. Awami League (Malek) got 39 seats and became the opposition party in the parliament while among others Democratic Islamic Alliance of Muslim League and Islamic Democratic League won 20 seats, and Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal got 8 seats. Independent candidates won 16 seats.[3]

Results[edit]

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Bangladesh Nationalist Party 7,934,236 41.2 207 New
Bangladesh Awami League 4,734,277 24.5 39 –254
Bangladesh Muslim League & Islamic Democratic League 1,941,394 10.1 20 New
Jatiyo Samajtantrik Dal 931,851 4.8 8 +7
Bangladesh Awami League (Mizan) 535,426 2.8 2 New
National Awami Party (Muzaffar) 432,514 2.2 1 New
Bangladesh Gono Front 115,622 0.6 2 New
Bangladesh Samyabadi Dal (Marxist-Leninist) 74,771 0.4 1 New
Bangladesh Jatiya League 69,319 0.4 2 1
Jatuya Ekata Party 44,459 0.2 1 New
Bangladesh Ganatantrik Andolan 34,259 0.2 1 New
Bangladesh Democratic Party 462,127 2.4 0 New
Bangladesh Ganatantrik Chashi Dal 0 New
Bangladesh Janata Dal 0 New
Bangladesh Jatiya Mukti Party 0 New
Bangladesh Labour Party 0 New
Bangladesh Nezam-e-Islam Party 0 New
Bangladesh Tanti Samity 0 New
Communist Party of Bangladesh 0 0
Gano Azadi League 0 New
Jatiyatabadi Ganatantrik Dal 0 New
Jatiya Janata Party 0 New
National Awami Party (Naser) 0 New
National Awami Party (Nurur-Zahid) 0 New
National Republican Party for Parity 0 New
People's Democratic Party 0 New
Shramik Krishak Samajbadi Dal 0 New
United People's Party 0 New
United Republican Party 0 New
Independents 1,963,345 10.2 16 +15
Invalid/blank votes 402,524
Total 19,676,124 100 300 0
Registered voters/turnout 38,363,858 51.3
Source: Nohlen et al.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen, Florian Grotz & Christof Hartmann (2001) Elections in Asia: A data handbook, Volume I, p535 ISBN 0-19-924958-X
  2. ^ Khan, Mohammad Mohabbat; Zafarullah, Habib Mohammad (October 1979). "The 1979 Parliamentary Elections in Bangladesh". Asian Survey. 19 (10): 1023–1036. doi:10.2307/2643851. JSTOR 2643851. 
  3. ^ "Bangladesh 1979" (PDF). Inter-Parliamentary Union. April 10, 2008.