>A calculation of the votes cast in Monday’s election showed that Awami League (AL) bagged about 25 percent more votes in this election than it had in 2001. (Full article)
It secured 40.13 percent of popular votes in 2001, which got jacked up to 49.02 percent this time around.
On the other hand, the number of popular votes cast for BNP in the just concluded 9th parliamentary election got reduced by 20 percent compared to its gain in 2001 election.
In 2001 it had got 40.97 percent of the votes cast which got reduced to 32.74 percent on December 29, 2008.
These numbers clearly indicate a swing from BNP to AL among voters, at least by 20 percent.
A pre-poll survey conducted by The Daily Star and Nielsen showed that 37 percent of voters were likely to swing.
AL got over 1.21 crore more votes this time than it had in 2001, which is 1.14 crore votes more than what its archrival BNP got on Monday. The gap this time is bigger too.
This election also set a new record in voter turnout, as 87 percent of registered voters voted compared to 2001 election’s 75.59 percent.