Municipal polls give AL 172 mayors, Bnp 21

Municipal polls give AL 172 mayors, Bnp 21

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Dhaka – The ruling Awami League swept the country’s first-ever partisan municipal elections, bagging 172 mayoral posts against BNP’s 21. The Bnp late in the evening rejected the results and demanded resignation of the Eelection Commission for what its leaders termed ‘massive rigging’ of the election/
Among the declared winners were Awami League rebels in 17 municipalities while independent contestants took six, BNP rebel one, Jatiya Party contestant in one and reported pro-Jamaat candidates came out victorious in two municipalities.The municipalities where the ruling party candidates declared won were – Pirganj and Ranishangkail in Thakurgaon, Hakimpur in Dinajpur, Lalmonirhat and Patgram in Lalmonirhat, Badarganj in Rangpur, Kurigram in Kurigram, Gobindaganj, Gaibandha and Sundarganj in Gaibandha, Akkelpur, Kalai and Joypurhat in Joypurhat, Sherpur, Sariakandi, Kahalu and Shibganj in Bogra, Nachole in Chapainawabganj, Nazipur in Naogaon, Kankonhat, Aarani, Mundumala, Kishorehat, Godagari, Taherpur, Bhabaniganj, Katakhali and Durgapur in Rajshahi, Naldangha, Gurudashpur, Singra, Baraigram and Natore in Natore, Shahjadpur, Sirajganj, Ullapara, Raiganj, Belkuchi and Kazipur in Sirajganj, Santhia, Sujanagar, Faridpur, Bhangura and Ishwardi in Pabna.
The AL contestants grabbed Mirpur, Kushtia, Bheramara, Kumarkhali and Khuksha in Kushtia, Darshana and Alamdanga in Chuadanga, Maheshpur, Harinakunda and Shailakupa in Jhenidah, Nawapara, Manirampur, Bagherpara, Chaugachha, Keshabpur and Jessore in Jessore, Magura, Narail, Morelganj and Bagerhat in Bagerhat, Chalna and Paikgachha in Khulna, Patharghata in Barguna, Kalapara and Kuakata in Patuakhali, Burhanuddin, Daulatkhan and Bhola in Bhola, Muladi, Gaurnadi, Mehendiganj, Banaripara, Bakerganj and Ujirpur in Barisal, Nalchity in Jhalakati and Swarupkathi in Pirojpur, Dhanbari, Madhupur, Tangail, Mirzapur, Bhuapur, Shakhipur and Gopalpur in Tangail, Sarishabari, Melandaha, Jamalpur, Islampur and Dewanganj in Jamalpur, Nakla, Nalitabari, Sherpur and Sreebardi in Sherpur, Muktagachha, Gauripur, Bhaluka, Gafargaon, Nandail and Phulbaria in Mymensingh, Mohanganj, Netrakona, Durgapur and Kendua in Netrakona, Kuliarchar, Kishoreganj, Hossainpur, Katiadi, Bajidpur and Bhairab in Kishoreganj, Munshiganj and Mirkadim in Munshiganj, Dhamrai and Savar in Dhaka.
The AL candidates captured Monohardi and Narsingdi in Narsingdi, Tarabo in Narayanganj, Sreepur in Gazipur, Pangsha and Rajbari in Rajbari, Nagarkanda in Faridpur, Gopalganj in Gopalganj, Shibchar and Madaripur in Madaripur, Naria, Damudya, Zajira, Bhedarganj and Shariatpur in Shariatpur, Chhatak, Jagannathpur, Sunamganj and Dirai in Sunamganj, Jakiganj and Kanaighat in Sylhet, Kamalganj, Moulvibazar and Barlekha in Moulvibazar, Madhabpur and Shaistaganj in Habiganj, Akhaura in Brahmanbaria, Chandina, Laksam, Daudkandi, Chauddagram and Homna in Comilla, Hajiganj, Faridganj, Kachua and Matlab in Chandpur, Dagonbhuiyan in Feni, Basurhat and Hatia in Naokhali, Ramganj, Ramgati and Raipur in Laxmipur, Sandwip, Banshkhali, Chandanaish, Satkania, Mirsarai, Patiya, Raujan, Barairhat, Rangunia and Sitakunda in Chittagong, Matiranga in Khagrachhari, Rangamati, Lama and Bandarban in Bandarban .
The BNP candidates won in Panchagarh, Dinajpur, Jhaldhaka in Nilphamari, Gabtal, Bogra and Santahar in Bogra, Rahanpur in Chaipainawabganj, Naohata and Tanore in Rajshahi, Gopalpur in Natore, Kolaroa and Satkhira in Satkhira, Phulpur in Mymensingh, Nabiganj, Habiganj and Chunarughat in Habiganj, Barura in Comilla, Naogaon, Charghat and Puthia in Rajshahi and Kalihati in Tangail.
The ruling party rebels who contested the polls as independent candidates came out victorious Birampur in Dinajpur, Dhunat and Shibganj in Bogra, Chatmohar and Pabna in Pabna, Gangni in Meherpur, Jibannagar and Chuadanga in Chuadanga, Trishal and Ishwarganj Mymensingh, Madan in Netrakona, Karimganj in Kishoreganj, Manikganj, Boalmari in Faridpur, Golapganj in Sylhet, Kulaura in Moulvibazar, Sonargaon in Narayanganj and Kalia in Narail.
Independent contestants won in Phulbari in Dinajpur, Kotchandpur in Jhenidah, Barguna, Goalanda in Rajbari and Khagrachhari
Two Jamaat-minded candidates won in Birganj of Dinajpur and Chapainawabganj while a Jatiya Party candidate won in Nageshwari of Kurigram and the lone BNP rebel won Nandigram in Bogra.
Earlier, seven Awami League mayoral candidates were elected unopposed in seven municipalities, including Pirojpur, Madarganj, Tungipara, Feni, Parshuram, Chatkhil and Chenggarchar.
Besides, 94 general councillor and 40 women councillor contenders have also been elected unopposed in various municipalities.
Meanwhile, the results of Syedpur municipality in Nilphamari, Thakurgaon, Ulipur, Betagi, Kalkini in Madaripur and Chowmuhani of Noakhali were postponed for various reasons.
Besides, the EC postponed the election to Madhabdi municipality for widespread violence and irregularities.
Earlier, the country’s first-ever partisan municipal elections to 233 municipalities were held amid the allegations of capturing of some polling stations, vote fraud and violence in some areas, killing a man in Satkania of Chittagong, injuring nearly 184 people.
Voting was postponed in 50 polling centres due to violence, capturing polling stations and forced balloting.
According to reports reaching the UNB desk, the voting was held almost peacefully without any major allegation of vote fraud in districts like Gazipur, Barisal, Chuadanga, Chapainawabganj, Gaibandha, Jessore, Jhalakati, Kurigram, Dinajpur and Joypurhat.
However, local BNP leaders in these districts alleged that their polling agents were forced out of many polling stations.
At a post-polls press conference at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office, BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir accused the ruling party men of resorting to widespread violence and capturing over a thousand polling stations.
However, Awami League ruled out BNP’s allegations and claimed that the municipal polls were peaceful.,
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s political adviser HT Imam said polling in 234 municipalities across the country was held with the spontaneous participation of voters amid a festive mood.
Senior joint secretary general of Jatiyo Party (JP) Advocate Rezaul Islam Bhuiyan alleged that ruling party polling agents drove out polling agents of JP from 174 polling centres of 24 municipalities during voting.
Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad on Wednesday claimed that the countrywide municipal elections were held fairly barring some stray incidents.
“The elections were held fairly except some stray incidents as we had been alert from the beginning so that no irregularities can take place,” he said while talking to reporters at the Election Commission Media Centre around 8:30pm.
In Chittagong, Nurul Amin, 50, a resident of Doajirpara of Satkania upazila was shot to death in a clash between the supporters of two Awami League (AL)-backed councillor candidates at a polling station in Satkania municipality.
Around 184 other people were injured in election clashes in different municipalities, including Barguna, Chittagong, Pirojpur, Narsingdi, Moulvibazar, Gaibandha, Chandpur, Jhenidah, Laxmipur, Kurigram, Manikganj, Narayanganj, Tangail, Pabna, Nilphamari and Sherpur districts.
The EC suspended five policemen in Chandnaish municipality of Chittagong and Kalkini of Madaripur for negligence of duty during the municipal polls.
According to Election Commissions’ statistics, 12,171 candidates– 945 for mayoral posts, some 8,746 for general councillor posts and over 2,480 for women councillor reserved seats—are in the race for 3,158 posts that include 234 mayoral, 727 women (reserved seats) councillor and 2,182 general councillor posts. – News Desk

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