AL's Atiqul re-elected as Dhaka North mayor

Bangla Tribune Report
Published : 02:50, Feb 02, 2020 | Updated : 02:59, Feb 02, 2020

Awami League candidate Atiqul Islam has been unofficially declared elected as the mayor of the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC).
Based on the unofficial results of all the 1,318 polling centres, Atiqul bagged 447,211 votes while his nearest rival Tabith Awal of BNP got 264,161votes.
Returning Officer Abul Quasem announced the results at his office set up at Electoral Training Institute in the capital's Agargaon a little before 3am on Sunday (Feb 2).
He said the overall voter turnout in the election was 25.3 percent.
As many as six candidates ran for the DNCC mayoral race.
The four others are National People’s Party Md Anisur Rahman Dewan (mango), Progressive Democratic Party's Shahin Khan (tiger), Islami Andolon Bangladesh's Sheikh Md Fazle Bari Masud (hand fan) and Bangladesh Communist Party's Ahammad Sajedul Haque (sickle).
Meanwhile, AL's Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh has been unofficially declared elected in the mayoral post of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC).
According to the unofficial counts, Taposh got 424,595 votes in 1,150 polling centres while his nearest rival Ishraque Hossain of BNP managed 236,512 votes.
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.
Saturday's voting was marred by allegations of 'massive rigging', sporadic clashes by the BNP-backed candidates.

The last city elections were held in 2015 in which the AL's pick Sayeed Khokon won Dhaka South city mayoral election while Annisul Huq in the Dhaka North.
The DNCC mayoral post fell vacant after former mayor Annisul Huq died on Nov 30, 2017.
Atiqul Islam won the DNCC by-election on Feb 28, 2019 amid a boycott by BNP and its allies.