In Bangladesh's first General Election, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman led him Awami League to a massive victory at Wednesday's poll.
SV ZOOM OUT FROM Sheikh Mujibur poster to GV traffic roundabout in Dacca.
GV Hut on side of street symbol of Awami Party (2 shots)
LV Boat, symbol of Awami League, in street
SV Burnt out Awami League Workers office
SV PAN ALONG Posters of Mr. Enayet Ullah opposition candidate
GV PAN OVER Building with election posters and slogans
SV Crowds outside polling centre, Awami League boat symbol in B/G.
GV Polling station with soldiers in truck and on guard (3 shots)
SV INT People collect ballot papers (2 shots)
SV Sheikh Mujibur Rahman casting his vote
SV Sheikh Mujib leaves polling station surrounded by crowd
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Background: In Bangladesh's first General Election, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman led him Awami League to a massive victory at Wednesday's poll. With three-quarters of the results of Wednesday's voting counted, Sheikh Mujib's party had secured 229 of the seats. Except for the one seat so far gained by the opposing National Awami Party, the polls destroyed the hopes of both wings of the National Awami Party, and the National Socialists, of providing a viable opposition to the Awami League.
The overwhelming results of Wednesday's election rivals that of 1970 when Sheikh Mujib was leading the fight for oreater autonomy from West Pakistan. This struggle led to full Independence for Bangladesh 15 months ago.
In Dacca, as elsewhere, the electorate which is mostly illiterate were greeted by a profusion of party political posters and symbols. A native hut placed at the street side symbolised the opposition National Awami Party while a boat symbolised the ruling Awami League. During the poll the government deployed large military and police units in a bid to prevent any violence during the 8 hours voting.
Sheikh Mujib, Prime Minister of the present government won his seat by a huge margin. His opponent, Mr. M.A. Awal of the National Socialist Party, contested the seat while in jail on corruption charges.
SYNOPSIS: On Wednesday Dacca became the centre of a massive Awami League victory in Bangladesh's General Election. Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's Awami League won 229 sets out of the first 230 declared. Counting continued for a further seventy seats.
The single opposition victory went to the National Awami Party, one of whose symbols is a hut. The Awami League symbol is a boat. In Bangladesh, the majority of the thirty five million electorate is illiterate and mostly voters choose according to party symbol. Wednesday's polls destroyed the hopes of both wings of the National Awami Party, and the National Socialists, of providing a viable opposition.
As the electorate cast their vote according to party symbol the government deployed large military and police units in a bid to prevent any violence during the eight hours of polling. However, only a few minor skirmishes were reported.
The overwhelming results of Wednesday's election rivals that of nineteen seventy, when Sheikh Mujib was leading the fight for greater autonomy from Pakistan -- a struggle that led to full independence from Pakistan fifteen months ago. On Wednesday the Prime Minister, Sheikh Mujib, arrived at a Dacca polling station to cast his vote in the first General Election since independence.
During the month-long election campaign the opposition failed to form a united front and so weakened their chances of winning seats. Sheikh Mujib won his seat by a huge majority. His opponent contested the set while in jail on corruption charges.