Returning officers of the Dhaka north and south city polls declared ruling Awami League mayoral candidates, respectively M Atiqul Islam and Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh, elected on early Sunday.
In the north, returning officer Abul Kashem declared the result of Saturday’s city polls at Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University premises.
According to the result, ruling AL candidate Atiqul Islam won the polls bagging 4,47,211 votes while his nearest Bangladesh Nationalist Party candidate Tabith Awal secured 2,64,161 votes.
Of the four other mayoral candidates of the city polls, Communist Party of Bangladesh’s Ahammad Sajedul Huq bagged 15,121 votes, Islami Andolan Bangladesh’s Sheikh Md Fazle Bari Masud got 28,200 votes, National People’s Party’s Anisur Rahman Dewan received 3,853 votes and Progressive Democratic Party’s Shahin Khan got 2,111 votes.
Total 7,62,155 of 30,12,509 votes were cast at 1,318 polling stations. The total turnout was 25.30 per cent in north city.
According to the result, ruling AL candidate Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh won the polls bagging 4,24,595 votes while his nearest BNP candidate Ishraque Hossain secured 2,36,512 votes.
The five other mayoral candidates in the city polls, Bangladesh Congress’ M Aktar Uzzaman Ayatulla got 2421 votes, Islamic Andolan Bangladesh’s M Abdur Rahman got 26,525 votes, Jatiya Party’s Muhammad Saifuddin got 5593 votes, NPP’s M Baharane Sultan Baharand got 3,155 votes and Gono Front’s Abdus Samad Sujon got 12,687.
Total 7,13,050 of 24,53,159 votes were cast at 1,150 polling stations. The total turnout was 29.02 per cent in the south city. In the south, returning officer Abdul Baten announced the polls result from Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
Addressing a press conference at his Dhanmondi residence, Taposh said that the dedicated the victory to the people of the city.
He said that all posters and campaign-related materials will be removed from areas under his jurisdiction by Monday.
Thanking all those who voted for him, he also said he expected higher voter turnout for the city polls.
He also pledged to work for everyone, irrespective of their political identities.
Taposh also said that the hartal called by BNP was against the verdict of the people.
Besides, seeking assistance from experts in different sectors Atiqul has vowed to solve major problems of the megacity.
‘During my tenure I will try to solve all the major problems, including traffic jams, waterlogging and the mosquito menace with assistance from city planners,’ he said, speaking at a press briefing at his election office in Dhaka’s Banani on Sunday.
The elections to Dhaka north and south cities held on Saturday were allegedly marred by low turnout, vote rigging, violence, flexing of political muscle and forcing voters to vote for AL candidates, besides complications in handling electronic voting machines.
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