Pro-AL men bag most chairman seats
First day's results of the ongoing union parishad polls held in coastal regions of the country showed a clear sweep by pro-Awami League candidates.
Preliminary results of 184 UPs tallied by our correspondents from the districts concerned showed that AL adherents won chairmanships in 114 UPs while pro-BNP candidates won in 55 UPs, Jamaat in seven and independents in 8 others. Results of two other UPs were not announced due to suspension of certain centres over election code violation.
Though the polls were held in a non-political fashion, in all the UPs local leaders of both AL, BNP and other smaller parties as well as non-political individuals took part as chairman and member candidates.
Pro-AL candidates had a clean sweep in Barisal division. There were 88 UPs up for grab under 12 upazilas in different districts of Barisal of which AL adherents secured chairmanships in 63 while candidates supportive to BNP won 22 and independent candidate one. Results of one UP was withheld.
In Khulna, pro-BNP candidates bagged as many as 20 UP chairmanships out of 39 UPs under five upazilas, where elections were held on Tuesday. Pro-AL candidates won in 15 UPs, independent candidates in two and pro-Jamaat one while result of another UP was withheld.
In Satkhira, pro-AL ones bagged the most - 13, followed by pro-BNP - 9, pro-Jamaat - 6 and independent - 2.
In Noakhali's Hatiya AL adherents sweeped by winning chairmanships in six UPs as pro-BNP candidates could muster just one.
In Cox's Bazar Kutubdia, polls held in six UPs on Tuesday. Pro-AL candidates got 3 while BNP adherents bagged 2 and independent one.
In Bagerhat 16 UPs under Rampal and Mongla were up for polls on Tuesday and AL adherents outwit pro-BNP aspirants by bagging 14 while the later managed win in one and another chairmanship was taken by an independent candidate.
Meanwhile, on the second-day of the elections to the union parishads in the country's coastal regions, voting took place peacefully in 24 union parishads (UP) of four upazilas in four districts yesterday.
The elections were held in 6 UPs in Dashmina of Patuakhali, 5 UPs in Kaokhali of Pirojpur, 7 UPs in Chitolmari of Bagerhat and 6 UPs in Ramgati of Laxipur.