Elections in Bangladesh: 2018 General Elections

A Bangladeshi woman votes in the 2014 national elections.
Publication Date: 
12 Dec 2018

On December 30, Bangladeshi citizens will go to the polls to vote in parliamentary elections.

The last parliamentary elections in 2014 were boycotted by the then-opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party and its allies due to the removal of a provision in the Constitution for an election-time caretaker government by the ruling Awami League. As a result, the opposition has been marginalized and political dynamics have become increasingly contentious in recent years. However, the 2018 elections hold the promise of being inclusive, provided that all parties are able to contest the election on an equal basis and are willing to participate in an electoral process administered impartially by the Bangladesh Election Commission.

To help you understand this important electoral process, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) provides Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Elections in Bangladesh: 2018 General Elections. IFES FAQs include:

  • What is the legal framework governing the elections?
  • How was voter registration conducted?
  • What are the arrangements for electoral security?
  • What are the campaign expenditure limits and disclosure requirements?