Awami League mayor candidate Talukder Abdul Khaleque has won Khulna City Corporation (KCC) elections by 65,600 votes against his nearest rival BNP-backed candidate Nazrul Islam Monju, according to unofficial results.
Khaleque got 1,74,851 votes, whereas, Monju bagged 1,09,251 votes , Md Yunus Ali, returning official of the election, declared unofficially around 2:40am early Wednesday.
Yunus Ali announced the unofficial results after counting of votes ended at all 289 polling centres.
No major incident of violence took place during the voting that lacked festivity because of an atmosphere of intimidation created by the AL men soon after the polling began at 8:00am.
Law enforcers were present in large numbers, but they mostly played the role of silent observers, as AL men in some stations violated election rules.
Meanwhile, the unofficial results of other contestants of the KCC elections are: Islami Andolon Bangladesh candidate Md Mozammel 14,363 votes, Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) candidate Mizanur Rahman Babu 534 votes and Jatiya Party's Shafiqul Islam 1,072 votes.
A total of 148 candidates have contested the polls for the post of ward councillors. There are 10 reserved seats for women for which 35 candidates participated.
The total number of voters in the city corporation is 4,93,000 with 289 polling stations in the city area.