1973 Bangladeshi general election

General elections were held in newly independent Bangladesh on 7 March 1973. The result was a victory for the Bangladesh Awami League, who won 293 of the 300 seats, including eleven constituencies where they were elected unopposed without a vote.[1] Voter turnout was 54.9%.

1973 Bangladeshi general election

← 1970 7 March 1973 (1973-03-07) 1979 →

All 300 seats in the Jatiya Sangsad
151 seats were needed for a majority
Registered35,205,642
Turnout54.9%
  First party Second party Third party
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Leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Serajul Alam Khan Ataur Rahman Khan
Party Awami League JSD BJL
Leader since 1963 1972 1969
Leader's seat Dhaka-12 Dhaka-19
Last election 288 seats 0 seats
Seats won 293 1 1
Seat change Increase 5 New Increase 1
Popular vote 13,798,717 1,229,110 62,354
Percentage 73.2% 6.5% 0.3%

Prime Minister before election

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
Awami League

Subsequent Prime Minister

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
Awami League

ResultsEdit

Party Votes % Seats +/–
Bangladesh Awami League 13,798,717 73.2 293 +5
National Awami Party (Muzaffar) 1,569,299 8.3 0 New
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal 1,229,110 6.5 1 New
National Awami Party (Bhashani) 1,002,771 5.3 0 New
Bangladesh Jatiya League 62,354 0.3 1 +1
Banglar Communist Party 199,673 1.1 0 New
Bangla Chattra Union 0 New
Bangladesh Jatiya Congress 0 New
Bangla Jatiya League 0 New
Bangladesh Shramik Federation 0 New
Communist Party of Bangladesh 0 New
Bangladesh Communist Party (Leninist) 0 New
Jatiya Ganatantrik Dal 0 New
Shramik Krishak Samajbadi Dal 0 New
Independents 989,884 5.3 5 –2
Invalid/blank votes 477,875
Total 19,329,683 100 300 0
Registered voters/turnout 35,205,642 54.9
Source: Nohlen et al.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen, Florian Grotz & Christof Hartmann (2001) Elections in Asia: A data handbook, Volume I, p535 ISBN 0-19-924958-X