Bangladeshi presidential election, 1978

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Presidential elections were held in Bangladesh on 3 June 1978. They were the first public elections for President, who had previously been elected by Parliament.[1] The result was a victory for Ziaur Rahman, who won 76.6% of the vote. Turnout was 54.3%.[2]


Candidate Party Votes %
Ziaur Rahman Bangladesh Jatiyatabadi Front 15,733,807 76.6
M. A. G. Osmani Ganatantrik Oikkya Jote 4,455,200 21.7
Eight other candidates 342,554 1.7
Invalid/blank votes 354,010
Total 20,885,571 100
Source: Nohlen et al.


  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen, Florian Grotz & Christof Hartmann (2001) Elections in Asia: A data handbook, Volume I, p525 ISBN 0-19-924958-X
  2. ^ Nohlen et al., p544