1979 Bangladeshi general election

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]

1979 Bangladeshi general election

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All 300 seats in the Jatiya Sangsad
151 seats needed for a majority
Registered38,363,858
Turnout51.3% Decrease 3.6 pp
  First party Second party
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Leader Ziaur Rahman Asaduzzaman Khan
Party BNP Awami League
Leader since 1978 1979
Leader's seat Did not run Mymensingh-18
Last election New 293 seats
Seats won 207 39
Seat change Increase 207 Decrease 256
Popular vote 7,934,236 4,734,277
Percentage 41.2% 24.5%

President of Bangladesh before election

Ziaur Rahman
BNP

Prime Minister of Bangladesh

Shah Azizur Rahman
BNP

With almost all parties participating, the elections were deemed credible by observers.[3]

ResultsEdit

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
Jatiya 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
Jatiya 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.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen; Florian Grotz; Christof Hartmann (2001). Elections in Asia: A data handbook. Volume I. p. 535. ISBN 0-19-924958-X. |volume= has extra text (help)
  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.