BanglaCapsule | Elections in Bangladesh Timeline  

Dez-07-1970
The general elections result in an outright victory for the Awami League. It ends up winning 160 of the 162 seats allocated for East Pakistan, thus obtaining a majority in the 300 seat National Assembly. The Pakistan People's Party emerges as the second largest party with 88 seats; Military ruler Yahya Khan declines to convene National Assembly.
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Mrz-07-1973
The first general election in Bangladesh was held with 1,209 candidates including 120 independents contested for 300 seats.
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Feb-18-1979
Ziaur Rahman's Bangladesh Nationalist Party wins 207 out of 300 seats in parliamentary election.
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Feb-28-1979
The second general election in Bangladesh was held with the participation of 2,547 candidates representing 29 parties and independents.
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Mai-07-1986
The third general election in Bangladesh was held where a total of 1,980 candidates representing 28 parties and independents contested for 300 seats. The Jatiya Party, led by Hossain Mohammad Ershad, bagged highest 153 seats while the Bangladesh Awami League won 73 seats. Nearly 66.31 percent of the 47,876,979 registered voters casted their votes.
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Okt-15-1986
In the presidential elections held, Hussain Muhammad Ershad was elected President.
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Feb-10-1988
Union Councils election was held with 115,000 candidates vying for 44,000 positions at 20,000 polling stations throughout the country amid widespread violence; the official count listed 85 dead and about 500 injured from street battles between demonstrators and security forces.
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Mrz-03-1988
Parliamentary elections reaffirm Jatiyo Party control of the National Parliament.
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Mrz-03-1988
The fourth general election in Bangladesh was held. The number of candidates totaled 1,192 representing 8 parties and independents.
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Feb-27-1991
The fifth general election was held with 2,787candidates, representing 75 parties and independents, contested for the 300 seats. 169 seats were bagged by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), the Bangladesh Awami League secured 92 seats while the Jatiya Party of HM Ershad won 35 seats. The turnout was approximately 52 percent. Registered voters totaling 62,289,556.
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Feb-15-1996
The sixth general election was held and was later canceled as with the exception of BNP all the major political parties, including the Awami League, boycotted the controversial election.
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Jun-12-1996
The seventh general election was held under a caretaker government, a total of 2,574 candidates took part. The candidates represented 81 parties and independents. The Bangladesh Awami League formed the government securing 146 seats while the BNP got 116 seats.
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Jun-12-1996
The Election Commission of Bangladesh announced that the liberal Awami League of Hasina Wajed won 126 seats, the centrist National Party 103 seats, and the Jatiya Party 28.
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Sep-24-2001
Eight persons killed and over a hundred injured in a bomb blast at an election rally at Mollarhat, Bagerhat district.
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Sep-28-2001
Three people were killed in Barisal, Sandeep and Pabna. Another 4 were killed in Chittagong City as elections approached.
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Sep-29-2001
In Bangladesh over 500,000 soldiers and police were deployed to control escalating violence prior to elections.
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Okt-01-2001
BNP led by Khaleda Zia's coalition got landslide victory over AL led by Sheikh Hasina's coalition in General Election.
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Okt-01-2001
The eighth general election was held. A total of 1,935 candidates representing 54 parties and independents contested in the polls. The election was the second to be held under the caretaker government. The BNP won 193 seats while the Awami League got only 62 seats. Total turnout of voters was nearly 74.9 percent.
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Okt-03-2001
The BNP led four-party alliance secure landslide victory in parliamentary elections. Begum Khalida Zia, leader of the BNP is to become the next Prime Minster of Bangladesh.
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Jul-29-2006
More than 20,000 activists marched in Dhaka, defying driving rains, in the fifth day of protests to press for electoral reforms ahead of January 2007 national election.
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Sep-18-2006
At least 100,000 Awami League (AL)-led 14-party supporters rallied in Dhaka demanding electoral reforms ahead of national elections and using strident rhetoric against the ruling BNP-led coalition.
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Sep-27-2007
Chief Adviser to the Caretaker Government, Fakhruddin Ahmed, assured the United Nations (UN) of holding a free, fair and meaningful election in Bangladesh by the end of 2008 at the 62nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
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Aug-05-2008
Sheikh Hasina's Awami League supporters win almost all positions in local elections.
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Nov-03-2008
Interim government relaxes emergency rules to allow party meetings and rallies ahead of parliamentary election.
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Dez-29-2008
The ninth general election was held under a caretaker government, a total of 1,552 candidates of 39 registered political parties as well as independent candidates, including 50 females, contested for the 300 parliament seats. The turnout was approximately 87 percent.
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Dez-30-2008
Former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed's Awami League-led alliance won a landslide victory in the ninth general elections held under a caretaker Government after nearly two years of emergency rule. The Election Commission in Dhaka said the alliance bagged 258 seats while former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led four-party grouping bagged only 38 seats, in the 300-seat Parliament for which elections were held on December 29, 2008.
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Jan-22-2009
Elections to Upazila Parishad that controls country's local government system were held after 19 long years.
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