Annisul Huq is set to become the next president of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI), as his panel swept elections to the apex trade body.
According to official results, Annisul's panel bagged 19 posts of directors out of 24, while MA Rouf Chowdhury-led panel got only five directors' seats.
With the 19 posts and his own one, Annisul has emerged as the majority panel. Annisul is a nominated director by the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA). Annisul has also the majority supports from the nominated directors in the chamber and association groups.
The election for the post of one president and two vice-presidents will be held at 4pm today.
There are 24 directors -- 12 each from chamber and association groups -- who are elected through direct balloting in first phase, and 14 other directors -- seven each from the leading chamber and association groups -- who are nominated by respective chambers and associations. The 38 directors elect a president and two vice-presidents in the second phase, for a two-year term.
“The voters gave their verdict in favour of us because of our sincerity, commitment and leadership quality. We need to keep our promises. We need to do a lot of things in the coming days for the country's economy,” Annisul said talking to The Daily Star.
The result of the association group's balloting was announced at dawn yesterday. Of the 12 directors, Annisul's panel bagged eight posts, while Rouf's grabbed the rest four posts.
Winners of Annisul-led panel from association group are Obaidur Rahman (882 votes) of Bangladesh Aluminium Manufacturers' Association, Shafquat Haider (854 votes) of Bangladesh Association of Software & Information Services, Farukul Islam Shova (805 votes) of Bangladesh Dress Makers' Association, Mohammad Jalal Uddin (715 votes) of Bangladesh Bread Biscuit and Confectionery Manufacturers Association, Anwar Hossain (692 votes) of Bangladesh Jewellery Manufacturers & Exporters Association, Abdul Haque (635 votes) of Bangladesh Reconditioned Vehicles Importers & Dealers Association, Abu Alam Chowdhury (625 votes) of Bangladesh Craft and Giftware Exporters Association, and Mohammad Belayet Hossain (621 votes) of Bangladesh Chemical & Perfume Merchant Association.
The winners of Rouf-led panel from association group are Jasim Uddin (767 votes) of Bangladesh Plastic Goods Manufacturers & Exporters Association, MA Rouf Chowdhury (645 votes) of Bangladesh Vegetable Oil Refiners & Vanaspati Manufacturers Association, Mir Nizam Uddin Ahmed (624 votes) of Bangladesh Electrical Association, and Dilder Ahmed (618 votes) of Bangladesh Jewellers' Association.
Earlier on Monday night, Annisul's panel clinched 11 seats out of 12 from the chamber group, while Rouf's got only one post.
On Monday, the voting took place amid huge enthusiasm among the business community, with around 93 percent turnout of voters.
This year 1,551 voters -- 316 from the chamber group and 1,235 from the association group -- were enrolled.