Killing of councillor-elect challenge to democracy: EC

Awami League won 45 municipalities in 2nd phase polls    

Staff Correspondent | Published: 01:20, Jan 18,2021


Election Commission secretary Md Alamgir on Sunday said that the killing of Bangladesh Nationalist Party-backed councillor-elect Tariqul Islam in post-poll violence was unfortunate and such an incident put a hurdle in the way to democracy.

Talking to reporters at his office, Alamgir said that the commission would provide necessary security to candidates if anyone approaches the commission.

About election commissioner Mahbub Talukdar’s remark that the municipal elections held on Saturday should not be considered participatory as polling agents and campaigning materials of many opposition party candidates were missing in many areas, Alamgir said that Talukdar’s statement reflected his personal opinion.

About the turnout of the 2nd phase of the municipal polls held on Saturday, Alamgir said that about 62 per cent votes were cast in the polls to 60 municipalities held amid violence and irregularities.

The commission halted announcement of the result of Kishoreganj municipality as the result of one polling centre got suspended.

Of the rest 59 municipalities, AL candidates bagged 45 municipalities, opposition BNP candidates won in four municipalities, Jatiya Party and Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal candidates won one each municipality while independent candidates secured eight municipalities.

Highest votes were cast at Rayganj municipality, where 85 per cent vote was cast, and the lowest votes were cast at Daganbhuiyan in Feni, which was 39 per cent.

The first phase of elections was held on December 28, 2020 at 23 municipalities.

Of the 23 municipalities, the AL won 18 municipalities, the BNP in two municipalities and independent candidates in three municipalities.

New Age correspondent reported that protestors demanded capital punishment of the Awami League leader and defeated councillor candidate Sahadat Hossain for his alleged involvement in the killing of councillor-elect Tariqul.

Several hundreds of people brought out a procession with the demand at the city’s ward-5 area.

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