Bangladesh ruling party set to win polls even before votes cast
DHAKA (AFP) - Bangladesh's ruling party is set to win most of the seats in an upcoming election even before votes are cast, nomination figures showed on Sunday, in a further blow to the credibility of the boycott-hit polls.
The government has been under intense international pressure to resolve a standoff over the general election set for January 5 amid a worsening of political violence that has left at least 80 people dead since late October.
The ruling Awami League is determined to go ahead with the polls, even though the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its 17 allies have vowed to boycott them unless Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina quits beforehand.
With poll nominations closing late Friday, the Election Commission said 154 seats in the 300-seat parliament have only one candidate each on the ballot paper, and 127 of the 154 are from the Awami League.