With the conclusion of election in Bangladesh, the western democracies have acquired critical view of the manner in which the polls were held.
They pointed to election day violence in Bangladesh and described a range of other irregularities that marred a vote in which Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s alliance secured more than 90 percent of parliamentary seats.
There is also the case of assessments of the election from the United States and European Union.
In the long term, this could very well hurt the image of Hasina, who has been in power since 2009 and also ruled from 1996-2001.
As per credible reports, at least 17 people were killed in election day clashes between supporters and opponents of Hasina’s Awami League.
Opposition BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam said he was collecting reports of rigging to submit to the Election Commission to demand a fresh vote.
Hasina, whose father, state founder Mujibur Rahman, was assassinated in a coup in 1975, has alternated in and out of power for nearly three decades with her main rival, BNP leader Zia Khaleda.
Khaleda was jailed in February for five years for corruption.