Bangladesh PM rejects rigging complaints after win

Sheikh Hasina with her son Sajeeb Wazed Joy

Sheikh Hasina with her son Sajeeb Wazed Joy

In a statement published on the United Kingdom government portal, he said: "While I welcome the participation of all opposition parties in these elections, I am aware of credible accounts of obstacles, including arrests that constrained or prevented campaigning by opposition parties, and of irregularities in the conduct of elections on polling day that prevented some people from voting".

Hasina won 98% of seats in Sunday's election, which opposition politicians claim was rigged by the ruling Awami League to deliver her a record fourth term as Bangladesh's leader. "We call upon the Election Commission to declare this election void and demand a fresh election under a nonpartisan government" he said.

Hasina has denied allegations of vote-rigging and rejected calls for an election rerun.

Hasina's win follows a decade in power in which she has been credited with improving the economy and promoting development, while being accused of rights abuses, a crackdown on media and suppressing dissent.

The opposition rejected the outcome, with Hossain calling the election "farcical" and demanding a new election be held under the authority of a "nonpartisan government".

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The main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), which had boycotted the last general election in 2014 saying it would not be fair, won just six seats in the 300-seat assembly this time. She also said she was surprised the opposition had not campaigned more actively.

Hasina said the first priority would be to continue the economic activities so that people may have a better life.

"We've had bad elections in the past but I must say that it is unprecedented how bad this particular election was", 82-year-old Hossain told Reuters late on Sunday.

Mollah was arrested in the southern Khulna region after he reported that in one constituency 22,419 more ballots than the number of registered voters were cast, local police chief Mahbubur Rahman said.

"Violence has marred the election day, and significant obstacles to a level playing field remained in place throughout the process and have tainted the electoral campaign and the vote", the EU's foreign affairs arm said in a statement.

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