AL heads for big win in municipality polls
The ruling Awami League (AL) is appearing on course for a landslide victory in the country’s maiden partisan municipality elections held on Wednesday.
According to the unofficial polls results until Wednesday midnight, AL candidates have bagged 100 mayoral posts while BNP candidates got only 14 mayor posts out of 234 municipalities across the country.
After counting the votes in those of the municipalities, the returning officers from there have announced the results, report our correspondents.
The AL’s won municipalities are included- Raujan (Chittagong), Sandwip (Chittagong), Khoksa (Kushtia), Chalna (Khulna), Paikgacha (Khulna), Bashurhat (Noakhali), Mirasrai (Chittagong), Satkania (Chittagong), Sitakunda (Chittagong), Barayarhat (Chittagong), Raipur (Laxmipur), Kumarkhali (Kushtia), Patgram (Lalmonirhat), Badarganj (Rangpur), Nandail (Mymensingh), Dhanbari (Tangail), Madhupur (Tangail), Chandanaish (Chittagong), Ishwarganj (Mymensingh), Gafargaon (Mymensingh).
Till the report was filed, a total of 15 AL rebel candidates also won in the polls.
The election observers, however, said on Wednesday that municipal elections appeared to be free despite some irregularities at polling centres.
Earlier amid several reports of violence, clashes, irregularities, boycott of more than 19 candidates, and death of one person, the voting for the country’s maiden partisan local body elections ended on the day afternoon.
The voting was started in 234 municipalities across the country at 8:00am which continued till 4:00pm without any break.
Around 70 lakh 99 thousands 144 voter were scheduled to apply their voting rights.
For the first time in the country voters had voted with party symbols.
According to Election Commission, 12,171 candidates– 945 for mayoral posts, some 8,746 for general councillor posts and over 2,480 for women councillor reserved seats—were in the race for 3,158 posts that include 234 mayoral, 727 women (reserved seats) councillor and 2,182 general councillor posts.
Besides, 94 general councillor and 40 women councillor contenders have also been elected unopposed in various municipalities.
Among 945 mayoral candidates, 234 are contenders of ruling Awami League while 223 of its arch rival BNP, 74 of Jatiya Party, 57 of Islami Andolan Bangladesh and 21 of Jasad.