Voters in Bangladesh have gone to the polls in municipal elections in the first step on the road back to democracy.
GV EXT Election symbols in Narayanganj town
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GV TV Soldiers and people around polling station (3 shots)
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Background: Voters in Bangladesh have gone to the polls in municipal elections in the first step on the road back to democracy. The country's military ruler, General Ziaur Rahman, has promised a general election in December 1978.
SYNOPSIS: The elections held on Saturday (13 August) involved the leadership of 78 municipal administrations across the country. Unofficial tallies showed that most seats went to independents, although the two major political parties, the Muslim League and the Awami League, both claimed that they had won more than 65 per cent of the vote. It was expected to be some time before official results were declared.
Matters were complicated by the fact that nearly 4,000 candidates were contesting fewer than a thousand seats. The victors will run the country's municipal administrations for the next five years.
General elections were originally set for last spring, but they were postponed by General Rahman. He decided to hold the local elections first.