Dhaka – Ruling Awami League nominated mayoral candidate has been leading the vote count after the balloting in Gazipur City Corporation election passed off generally peaceful, officials said on Tuesday.
The Awami League’s mayor candidate Zahangir Alam has taken a lead of 16,571 over the Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s Hasan Uddin Sarker in 55 of 425 centres in the city corporation, located 40 kilometers north of the capital Dhaka.
Election officials said Zahangir secured 42,228 votes while his rival Sarker bagged 25,657 as of 10:30 pm.
The official result will be published after the counting of the ballots completed by Wednesday.
The voting started at 8 in the morning with participation of a huge number of voters. People were seen waiting on the queues in front of the polling stations from the early morning. The balloting was ended at 4 pm.
There were 425 polling stations in 57 wards with 1,137,736 registered voters in the city corporation.
“The election is being held in a free, fair and peaceful manner. But voting was stopped at some centers as allegations of irregularities were raised,” Returning Officer Rakib Uddin Mandol said at a press conference.
He visited 14 voting centers area where he found that the elections were held in a free, fair and peaceful manner, he said.
Awami League mayor candidate Jahangir Alam and BNP nominee Hasan Uddin Sarker cast their votes at their respective voting centers.
After casting his vote, Jahangir Alam expressed the hope that the people of Gazipur city would cast vote for ‘Boat’ (election symbol of Awami League).
He also said that he has a mentality to accept any result -win or defeat.
BNP nominee Sarker alleged that many of his agents were beaten up and driven out from different polling centres.
“I will remain in the election field till the last moment. I hope people of the Gazipur will vote for ‘Sheaf of Paddy’ (the election symbol of the BNP),” he said.