The National Assembly or The Jatiya Sangsad has 300 members elected for a five year term in single-seat constituencies.
The Tenth National Parliamentary Elections were held on 5 January 2014 and won by the Awami League led by Sheikh Hasina. Most major opposition parties boycotted the elections with 154 of the total 300 seats being decided uncontested.
The Ninth National Parliamentary Elections were held on 29 December 2008. The two main parties in the election were the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), led by Khaleda Zia, and the Awami League, led by Sheikh Hasina.
The election resulted in a landslide victory for the Awami League-led grand alliance bagging 263 seats out the 300. The main rival four-party alliance led by the BNP received only 32 seats, with the remaining four going to independent candidates. Sheikh Hasina was sworn in as the Prime Minister of Bangladesh.
The previous parliamentary elections were held June 12, 1996, with the Awami League led by Sheikh Hasina winning the largest number of seats.
The previous universal elections were held in 1991 and was won by BNP led by Khaleda Zia.
The National Assembly complex was designed by the world renowned architect Louis Kahn. Kahn’s architecture is notable for its simple, platonic forms and compositions. Through the use of brick and poured-in place concrete masonry, he developed a contemporary and monumental architecture that maintained a sympathy for the site.