1979 Bangladeshi general election

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Bangladeshi general election, 1979

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All 300 seats in the Jatiya Sangsad
151 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party
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Leader Ziaur Rahman Asaduzzaman Khan
Party BNP Awami League
Leader since 1978 1979
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

Mashiur Rahman
BNP

Elected Prime Minister of Bangladesh

Shah Azizur Rahman
BNP

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General elections 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 Awami League became the main opposition party after winning 39 seats.[2]

With almost all parties participating, the elections were deemed credible by observers.[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 LeagueIslamic 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. ^ Bangladesh 1979 Inter-Parliamentary Union
  3. ^ 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.