Pro-AL candidates sweep re-election to 8 UZs
The Awami League-supported candidates swept in the re-elections to eight upazila parishads held yesterday in one or more polling centres across the country where January 22 polls were postponed due to troubles.
UNB reports: The unofficially elected chairmen include Sirajul Islam Bhuiyan (AL) of Nandail (Mymensingh); Chairperson Mahfuza Khatun (BNP) of Chowhali (Sirajganj); Refayetullah Khan (AL) of Gazaria (Munshiganj); Mohiuddin Bakul and Farida Yasmin Lika (AL) of Laxmipur Sadar.
The vice chairmen elected in the polls include Vice Chairperson Tahmina Begum Ripa (AL) of of Nandail (Mymensingh); Jahanara Parveen (AL) of Islampur (Jamalpur); Forkanuddin (AL) of Sandwip (Chittagong); Rebeka Sultana (BNP) of Faridganj (Chandpur); and Habibur Rahman Hares and Ferdous Akter Nila (AL) of Rupganj (N'ganj).
Our correspondent from Mymensingh adds: The re-election was held at four polling centres at Nandail in Mymensingh yesterday.
The polling centres include Chang Badera Govt Primary School, Sherpur (North) Govt Primary School, Ahudabad Govt Primary School and Imam Hossain High School. The polling continued from 8:00am to 4:00pm.
AL-backed chairman candidate Sirajul Islam Bhuiyan won the election with 41679 votes by defeating Abdul Malek Chowdhury by a margin of 1881, while Vice Chairperson Tahmina Begum Ripa won by 62141 votes and loser Shahana Aziz got 59468 votes in polls race.
Sakhina, a voter of Sherpur (North) Govt Primary School centre said she could not cast her vote on January 22 elections due to untoward incidents, but she expressed satisfaction over yesterday polls as the security measures were very effective.
Upazila Nirbahi Officer of Nandail Hawlader Rafiqul Bari said the administration was successful to hold the re-election in a peaceful manner.
Our Sirajganj correspondent reports: Voting to the Chowhali Degree College polling centre, which was postponed earlier by election commission for irregularities, was held in a peaceful atmosphere.
Pro-BNP candidate Mahfuza Khatun was elected chairperson by 1240 votes, while her nearest rival pro-AL candidate Abu Bakkar Siddique got 910 votes.
On the other hand, pro-AL candidate Kamrul Hayder Munna won the polls as vice chairman, while his nearest contestant was Omar Farukh.
A correspondent from Munshiganj adds: Pro-AL candidate Refayetullah Khan Tota won the Gazaria upazila polls at Shimulia primary school centre by a margin of 730 votes.
Tota bagged 19,983 votes, while his nearest rival Jatiya Party-backed candidate Kalimullah secured 19,253 votes.
The voters expressed satisfaction over the security arrangements as well as holding the elections in a peaceful manner.