Yesterday’s poll was the first since a state of emergency was declared in January 2007 and is seen as a test before next December’s general elections.
Everything went smoothly without violence despite concerns expressed by the main parties, the Awami League and the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, which claimed that regular elections were impossible.
Monday's voting took place in the cities of Sylhet, Khulna, Barisal and Rajshahi—with some 1.2 million voters called to cast their ballots.
Among the winners was Badruddin Ahmed Kamran in the north-eastern city of Sylhet, who had contested Monday's election for the mayor’s post from jail.
The “huge public interest in casting votes under the state of emergency has proved that people want a democratic government elected through a free, fair, transparent and acceptable election,” Hasina said through her press secretary.