Bangladesh election chief rejects call for new vote

The campaign for Sunday's vote has seen daily confrontations between supporters of the two main parties which has further soured their bitter constitutional showdown

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's ruling alliance swept to a landslide victory in the elections.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has won a new term with a landslide victory, the country's Election Commission said on Monday, in an election marred by deadly violence and allegations of widespread rigging.

Thirteen people were killed in clashes between opposing party supporters, and three men were shot by police who said they were protecting polling stations, according to police.

Out of the 293 results announced, Hasin's Awami League got 259 seats and its ally Jatya Party secured 22 seats in the national parliament while the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) won only 6 seats.

Hossain also called for a new election held under a neutral authority.

Modi also reiterated India's continued commitment to work together for the development of Bangladesh and further strengthening of bilateral relations.

But as results started coming in showing the Awami League winning 48 seats and one for the BNP, Asaduzzaman declined to comment if its investigation would have any bearing on the final outcome. "There is no scope to hold the national election again", Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda told the media Monday, a day after the 11th parliamentary election was held.

"I believe the people of Bangladesh will vote for the boat (Awami League symbol) and will give us another opportunity to serve them so that we can maintain our upward trend of development, and take Bangladesh forward as a developing country", Hasina said Sunday. Human Rights Watch and other worldwide rights groups said the crackdown created a climate of fear.

One voter, Atiar Rahman, said he was beaten by ruling party activists in the central district of Narayanganj.

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Human Rights Watch South Asia Director Meenakshi Ganguly said on Twitter that "with serious allegations of voter intimidation, restrictions on opposition polling agents and several candidates seeking a re-poll, there are concerns about the credibility" of the election.

Hasina's government has denied the accusations and her party says many of its own workers were hurt by the opposition. Campaign posters of the ruling party dominated streets in many parts of Dhaka.

Huda said the election took place with festive atmosphere but there may have some unfortunate incidents during the voting and the commission will investigate the incidents, the Daily Star newspaper reported.

This was the first election in which the BNP campaigned without its leader Khaleda Zia - Hasina's arch rival.

"Wished her the very best for the tenure ahead", he said.

He urged Bangladesh's election commission to dismiss the result and call "fresh elections under a non-partisan caretaker government". Another constituency, where a candidate died days before the election, will also go to the polls in the next few days.

Over the same period, annual sales of its economic mainstay, the garment industry, almost tripled, with garment exports worth $30.6 billion in 2017/18, making up 83.5 percent of total exports.

Wazed said the government wanted to diversify into phone and other electronics manufacturing.

China and India, Bangladesh's western neighbor that helped it win independence from Pakistan in 1971, are its top two investors.

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