Dhaka: Bangladesh’s opposition has condemned what it has called a “farcical” election and demanded a new vote.
Early results show Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s party in the lead, and she is likely to win a large majority.
But there have been claims of vote-rigging, and many saw filled ballot boxes at a polling centre before polls opened.
“We urge the election commission to void this farcical result immediately,” opposition leader Kamal Hossain said.
The Bangladesh Election Commission told Reuters news agency that it had heard vote-rigging allegations from “across the country” and would investigate.
At least 17 people have been killed in clashes between ruling party supporters and the opposition.