AL's Taposh wins Dhaka South City mayor election

Bangla Tribune Report
Published : 00:39, Feb 02, 2020 | Updated : 01:56, Feb 02, 2020

Awami League`s Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh shows v-sign after casting his vote in Dhaka city polls at Dhanmondi Govt Girls’ High School polling centre on Saturday (Feb 1). PHOTO/Sazzad HossainAwami League candidate Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh has been unofficially declared elected in the election to the mayoral post of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC).
Saturday's voting was marred by allegations of 'massive rigging', sporadic clashes by the BNP-backed candidates.
According to the unofficial counts, Taposh, who ran with ‘boat symbol, got 424,595 votes in 1,150 polling centres.
His nearest rival, BNP-backed Ishraque Hossain, with the ‘sheaf of paddy' symbol, managed 236,512 votes.
Returning Officer Abdul Baten announced the results at the result collection and announcement centre set up at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in the capital's Segun Bagicha a little after 12:30am on Sunday (Feb 2).
He said the overall voter turnout in the election was 29 percent.
Earlier, voting to the Dhaka South and North city corporations elections concluded on Saturday (Feb 1) afternoon with the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs) amid low voter turnout.
The balloting that began at 8am ended at 4pm.
Taposh cast his vote at Dhanmondi Govt Girls’ High School polling centre around 8:30am.
Ishraque cast his vote around 8:45am at Shaheed Shahjahan Government Primary School polling centre in the capital's Gopibagh area.
On spot visits, overall voters' presence was found thin since the early hours of voting with a relatively higher presence in the new wards.
The chief election commissioner, however, was pleased with the polls despite the thin presence of voters.
"The figure of votes cast in the polls will be less than 30 percent," CEC KM Nurul Huda told the media on Saturday afternoon.
"It's the responsibility of the candidates to ensure the voters' presence at the voting centres. Our job is to create a proper voting atmosphere. There were no lackings on our part on that front," he told the reporters after casting his vote at IES School and College polling station in the capital's Uttara area.
In the DSCC, seven candidates vied for the mayoral post. 

The five other mayoral candidates are Jatiya Party's Mohammad Saifuddin (plough), Bangladesh Congress's Md Aktar Uzzaman (coconut), National People’s Party's Bahrane Sultan Bahar (mango), Ganofront's Abdus Samad (fish), and Islami Andolan Bangladesh's Abdur Rahman (hand fan).

The first election of the undivided Dhaka City Corporation was held in 1994 and the second one in 2002. In 2011, the government split the DCC into two but there was no election.
The last city elections were held in 2015 in which the AL's pick Sayeed Khokon won Dhaka South city mayoral election defeating BNP's Mirza Abbas in Dhaka with a huge margin.