Jatiya Party candidate wins Rangpur city polls
Rangpur: Jatiya Party candidate Mostafizur Rahman won the Rangpur City Corporation polls defeating his nearest rival Awami League contender Sarfuddin Ahmed Jhantu by a huge margin in the election held in a peaceful manner on Thursday.
According to the unofficial result, Mostafiz bagged 1,60,489 votes while Jhantu polled 62,400 votes and BNP candidate Kawsar Jahan Babla got only 35,136 votes.
Returning officer of the election Suvash Chandra Sarkar announced Mostafizur Rahman unofficially elected around 12:10 am.
In the maiden election to the city held in 2012, Sarfuddin bagged 106,255 votes while Mostafiz polled 77,835, Jatiya Partybacked AKM Abdur Rouf Manik got 37,208 votes and BNP-backed Babla bagged only 21,235 votes.
However, the 2012 election was held in a non-partisan manner unlike this election.
The voting was held from 8am to 4pm without any break at 193 polling stations in the city corporation in a peaceful atmosphere with the good turnout of voters.
A total of 3,93,994 voters -- 1,96,356 men and 1,97,638 women—were supposed to cast votes to elect one mayor, 33 ward councillors and 11 councillors to the reserved seats of women in the election.
The Election Commission termed Rangpur City Corporation polls a ‘model election’ saying that it was held amid a festive mood.
‘The Rangpur City Corporation election was held in a festive mood. We earlier promised to hold a model election there.
This has been a model election finally,’ Election Commissioner Rafiqul Islam told a post-election briefing at the city’s Nirbachan Bhaban.
He said though the BNP’s allegation is not authentic as per the EC’s information gathered from the field, the Commission will examine the accusation.
BNP at a press briefing earlier in the day alleged that the administration obstructed voters from going to some polling stations, while polling agents were ousted from some centres during the city corporation election.
Earlier at about 2:30pm, Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda told reporters that they were happy with the overall election situation in Rangpur.
Trashing BNP’s allegation, he said, ‘We’ve gleaned information from the local level. Voters didn’t come up with any complaint. So, we think the allegation is not authentic,’
Instead of ballot papers, the newly designed Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) was used in a polling station—the Begum Rokeya Government College at ward 25- of the election.