Dhaka – Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh and Atiqul Islam have been announced mayors elect for the two administrative units of Dhaka city, the capital of Bangladesh.
After the daylong voting on Saturday, the election commission officials early on Sunday announced the provisional results of the mayoral polls in Dhaka which was marked by low turnout.
Taposh and Islam were the candidates filed by the ruling Awami League party of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for the Dhaka South City Corporation and Dhaka North City Corporation respectively and defeated their rivals Ishraque Hossain and Tabith Awal of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party.
Taposh, a former lawmaker of a Dhaka constituency, bagged 424,595 votes while his nearest rival Hossain, the son of former city mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka, got 236,512 in Dhaka south, where voters’ turnout was 29 per cent, said election official Abdul Baten.
In the north, where voters’ turnout was less than 25 per cent, Islam, who is also the outgoing mayor, secured 447, 211 votes against Awal’s 264,161. Awal is the son of a leading businessman and BNP leader Abdul Awal Mintoo.
The election on Saturday passed off generally peaceful across the city, but the opposition BNP termed it a farce. The party called a general strike in protest against what they said a farcical election.
The election commission, which introduced the electronic voting machine for the first time in Dhaka city election, said the election was peaceful. Chief Election Commissioner Nurul Huda, who faced difficulty casting vote as his fingerprint did not match with the central database information, said he was happy with the atmosphere and the people took introduction of the machine.
Halfway on the election counting of ballots and gradual announcement of the poll result, BNP secretary genral Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir rejected the election and announced a day-long strike in Dhaka for Sunday.
The BNP accused the ruling Awami League of widespread falsifications, intimidation and violence at seven out of nearly 2500 polling stations during the election day. The ruling Awami League dismissed the allegation saying that the opposition always tries to cover up their defeats blaming the others.