AL’s Titu becomes first Mymensingh City mayor

Mymensingh Correspondent
Published : 21:37, Apr 17, 2019 | Updated : 21:37, Apr 17, 2019

Ekramul Haque is the vice president of Awami League`s Mymensingh city unit.Ruling Awami League’s Ekramul Hoque Titu has become the first mayor of Mymensingh City Corporation.
Returning Officer Md Alimuzzaman declared Titu elected unopposed hours after his only rival Jahangir Alam pulled out of the race before the deadline ended on Wednesday (Apr 17).
“A total of five candidates filed nominations and two were cleared for the mayoral race. Jatiya Party’s Jahangir Ahmed withdrew his candidacy on Wednesday. Ekramul Haque Titu will be declared the mayor through an official gazette notification after the election,” Returning Officer Alimuzzaman said earlier in the day.
Titu, who was elected mayor in the last polls to the local government body when it was a municipality, is currently serving as administrator or the city corporation.
Speaking to media after the official announcement, he said thanked Awami League leader and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for picking him and pledged to work in cooperation with all.
Mymensingh city residents will now vote on May 5 with electronic machines (EVMs) only to elect ward councillors.
The boundaries of the Mymensingh City Corporation, composed of 33 general wards and 11 reserve wards, was set out in a gazette on Jan 28 of this year after the government upgraded Mymensingh to Bangladesh’s 12th city corporation on Oct 15 last year.
The National Implementation Committee for Administrative Reorganization-Reform (NICAR) approved the formation of the city corporation on Apr 2 last year.
The other city corporations are Dhaka North, Dhaka South, Chattogram, Rajshahi, Khulna, Sylhet, Barishal, Cumilla, Narayanganj, Rangpur and Gazipur.
The total land area of the new city corporation is 91.135 square kilometres. The total population of the area is 471,858.
NICAR had previously formed the Mymensingh Division, the eighth in the country, in 2015. The division includes Mymensingh, Jamalpur, Sherpur and Netrokona districts.