AL candidate takes lead in GCC polls amid BNP allegations
Sayeed Muhammad: The early unofficial results yesterday showed that Awami League’s mayoral aspirant Jahangir Alam was leading in the Gazipur City Corporation (GCC) election. According to unofficial results of 118 polling centres as of 8pm yesterday, Jahangir bagged 1,37,034 votes while his BNP counterpart Hasan Uddin Sarker got 60,204 votes.
Earlier in the day, polling at 425 polling centres at the city corporation started at 8am and continued until 4am, reports UNB. Meanwhile, voting in the election was held amid BNP’s various allegations of irregularities and vote fraud at many polling stations, which the ruling party and its mayoral candidate defuted.
Rather the balloting was largely fair and BNP brought the allegations to make the polls controversial, they claimed.
The voting was suspended in at least seven polling centres, including Khartoil Mansur Ali Adarsha School, West Joydebpur Madinatul Ulum Madrasah, Bhogra Government Primary School and Daffodil Kindergarten-2, due to violence and capturing of polling stations and giving fake votes, said Dr Dewan Mohammad Humayun Kabir, deputy commissioner of Gazipur.
On the other hand, turnout rate of voters in GCC elections, The Daily Star reported after the polls, this year has come down compared to the last election held in 2013.
The voters’ turnout in the Gazipur city polls was up to 55 to 60%, Returning Officer Raquib Uddin Mondal told reporters at a post-polls briefing at his office in Gazipur.
The number of registered voters in the election was 11.37 lakh, where the figure was 10,26,939 in the 2013 election when 63.69% votes were cast.
Voting at nine polling centres out of 425 were suspended as miscreants allegedly snatched ballot papers and law and order situation went out of control during the voting, Raquib Uddin added.
According to Returning Officer’s office, a total of 345 candidates, including seven for mayoral post, 254 for councilor posts, 83 for reserved posts for women, contested in the polls.