WASHINGTON — Bangladesh’s ruling party, the Awami League, is set to win a contentious and violence-ridden parliamentary election. The election’s result was not disputed because the main opposition party boycotted the elections.
Several organizations and international bodies said that these trials were rife with problems from the start and whose verdicts of “guilty” and capital punishment should never have happened.
Less than 150 parliamentary seats were up for re-election and there were sparse numbers of voters, where poll stations were heavily guarded amid escalating violence and protests. The international observers called the elections flawed from the start and were not in attendance.
The opposition party, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) could get a compromise out of this as international pressure mounts, especially after a seemingly sham election.