Dhaka, 27 June, Abnews: Awami League mayoral candidate Md Jahangir Alam won the Gazipur City Corporation (GCC) polls defeating his nearest contestant BNP-backed Hasan Uddin Sarker with a large margin.
Returning Officer Rakib Uddin Mandol this morning announced the unofficial result of the election, which took place yesterday in a peaceful atmosphere amid tight security. Out of the 425 centres, polls at only nine centres were postponed after receiving allegation of irregularities.
According to the unofficial result of 416 polling centres, Md Jahangir Alam got 4 lakh 10 votes while Hasan Uddin Sarker bagged 1 lakh 97 thousand 611 votes.
Islami Oikkya Jote nominated mayoral candidate Fazlur Rahman got 1,659 votes, Islami Andolan Bangladesh nominee Md Nasir Uddin 26,381 votes, Bangladeshi Islami Front candidate Md Jalal Uddin 1,860 votes, independent candidate Farid Uddin Ahmed 1,617 votes and Bangladesh Communist Party candidate Kazi Md Ruhul Amin 973 votes.
Rakib Uddin said 57.02 percent of total voters casted their votes in the polls when a total of 6 lakh 30 thousand 111 votes were found valid and 18,638 were invalid.
He said the voting of nine centres was postponed due to irregularities where the number of voters was 23,959.
Voting started at 8 in the morning with participation of a huge number of voters, standing on long queues. The voting continued till 4 pm without any break. There were 425 polling stations in 57 wards for 11, 37,736 voters.
According to the Returning Officer’s office, a total of 345 candidates, including seven for mayoral post, 254 for councilor posts and 83 for reserved posts for women were vying in the polls.
Earlier, the Returning Officer said the elections were held in a free, fair and peaceful manner.
The Election Commission expressed satisfaction over the peaceful voting in the Gazipur city polls. “We are satisfied as the Gazipur City Corporation polls ended in a fair manner,” Secretary of EC Secretariat Helal Uddin Ahmed told newsmen at Agargaon Nirbachan Bhaban here.
Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader in post poll press conference on Tuesday said none but BNP made allegations over the GCC polls.
“There is no allegation of violence in the GCC polls. But, panic was created among people in the polls. In reality, nothing was occurred,” he told a press conference at the party president’s Dhanmondi political office.
Three-tier security measures were taken to ensure security during the election as 10,500 members of law enforcement agencies, including police, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Ansar, were deployed in the GCC area.
A total of 29 platoons of BGB, 58 teams of RAB, 57 mobile forces and 20 striking forces of police performed their duties during the election. - BSS