1973 Bangladeshi general election

General elections (Bengali: প্রথম জাতীয় সংসদ নির্বাচন ১৯৭৩) 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

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All 300 seats in the Jatiya Sangsad
151 seats were needed for a majority
  First party Second party Third party
  Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1950.jpg
Leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
Party Awami League Jatiyo Samajtantrik Dal Bangladesh Jatiya League
Leader since 1963
Leader's seat Gopalganj
Last election 160 seats
Seats won 293 1 1
Seat change +133
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
National Awami Party (Muzaffar) 1,569,299 8.3 0
Jatiyo Samajtantrik Dal 1,229,110 6.5 1
National Awami Party (Bhashani) 1,002,771 5.3 0
Bangladesh Jatiya League 62,354 0.3 1
Banglar Communist Party 199,673 1.1 0
Bangla Chattra Union
Bangladesh Jatiya Congress
Bangla Jatiya League
Bangladesh Sramik Federation
Communist Party of Bangladesh
Bangladesh Communist Party (Leninist)
Jayita Ganatantrik Dal
Shramik Krishak Samajbadi Dal
Independents 989,884 5.3 5
Invalid/blank votes 477,875
Total 19,329,683 100 300
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