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**The Awami League-led grand alliance has swept back to power after seven years out of office with a stunning landslide victory.The grand alliance has clinched two-thirds majority with 262 seats compared to its archrival BNP-led four-party alliance’s 32.
**EU chief election observer Alexander Lambsdorff said political parties should accept the elections if results are credible.
**The turnout in ninth parliamentary election is the highest ever in the history of Bangladesh (85%) with little possibility of fake votes having been cast due to the new system with a voter roll that had photographs to confirm one’s identity.
**Enthusiastic first time voters representing almost one-fourth of around 81 millions on the electoral roll exercised their franchise with the hope of a positive attitude in members of next parliament.
**It was a watershed day yesterday for the Biharis in Bangladesh as for the first time since independence they cast votes in a general election here.Stranded and stripped of franchise since 1971, they swore allegiance to the country only recently and became voters. The turnout of the Urdu speaking voters in Mohammadpur and Mirpur, the areas where they are mainly concentrated in, was noticeable. Hundreds of Biharis queuing in front of Shaheed Abu Taleb High School. Their body language said it all. They beamed with joy as they inched towards the ballot booth.
**The voters from the Nawab Bari area voted at Bulbul Lolitkola Acedemy polling station.
**Results of the selected constiitency:
Dhaka 6 (Ahsan Manzil constituency)
Mizanur Rahman Khan (AL 1,03,737) beat Sadek Hossain Khoka (BNP 72,456)
Joypurhat 1 (Candidate with Family name Khwaja, but not related to the Nawab Family)
Mojahar Ali Pradhan (BNP 1,64,820) beat Khwaja Shamsul Alam (AL 1,30,529)
Results of the constituencies contested by the in laws of the family:
Dhaka 14 SA Khaleq (BNP) lost to Md Aslamul Huq (AL)
Dhaka 8 Rashed Khan Menon (Bangladesh workers party 97,841) beat Habib un Nabi Khan (BNP 63,860)
Madaripur 1 Abdullah Mohd Hasan (Islami Oikka Jote 20,443) lost to Nur E Alam Chowdhury of AL (1,19,767)