Bangladesh opposition demands new poll

Bangladesh

(BBC) – Bangladesh‘s opposition has condemned what it has called a “farcical” election and demanded a new vote.

PM Sheikh Hasina is heading for a fourth term with a huge majority that continues to grow as results come in.

But there have been claims of vote-rigging, and a BBC correspondent saw filled ballot boxes at a polling centre before polls opened.

“We urge the election commission to void this farcical result immediately,” opposition leader Kamal Hossain said.

“We are demanding that a fresh election is held under a neutral government as early as possible.”

The Bangladesh Election Commission told Reuters news agency that it had heard vote-rigging allegations from “across the country” and would investigate.

At least 17 people have been killed in clashes between ruling party supporters and the opposition.