Jahangir Alam wins Gazipur mayoral polls

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GB news 24 desk//

Awami League mayoral candidate Jahangir Alam has unofficially been declared elected in the Gazipur City Corporation (GCC) election on Wednesday.

Returning Officer Rakib Uddin Mandol has announced the unofficial results this morning.

Jahangir Alam has defeated his rival BNP contestant Hasan Uddin Sarker by a huge margin of 4.10 lakh votes as he bagged 4,00,010 votes in the yesterday’s polls.

BNP’s Hasan Uddin got 1,97,611 in 416 centres out of 425 while voting was suspended in the remaining nine polling stations due to some alleged irregularities.

The balloting that began at 8:00 am, continued till 4:00 pm without any break at 425 polling stations.

Voters were seen in long queues at different polling centres waiting for their turn to cast their votes.

Voting in the Gazipur City Corporation (GCC) elections ended on Tuesday afternoon amid allegations of vote-rigging and irregularities.

In its instant reaction, BNP alleged that the Election Commission failed to control irregularities during the polls to the city Corporation.

However, BNP nominated mayoral candidate Hasan Uddin Sarker yesterday demanded an immediate halt to Gazipur City Corporation (GCC) election, bringing allegations of vote-rigging and irregularities.

“I am requesting the authorities concerned to halt the election immediately. If necessary, I will officially write to the election commission seeking immediate halt to election,” he had added.

Raqib Uddin Mandol had assured that the authorities would take steps based on the allegations of BNP over vote-rigging and other said irregularities in the Gazipur City Corporation polls.

“BNP has lodged some complaints with the election commission during the polls and we are taking measures based on the allegations,” the officer said further.

On the Election Day, Hasan Uddin Sarker also alleged that his polling agents were driven out from the polling stations to Gazipur City Corporation (GCC) elections.

“Our agents are being kicked out and arrested from the polling stations,” he said.

Awami League activists have ousted the BNP’s agents from polling stations to the Gazipur City Corporation (GCC) elections with many irregularities in different centres, BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi also alleged.

Ruhul Kabir Rizvi has brought these allegations while addressing a press conference held at the party’s Nayapaltan central headquarters in the capital on Tuesday.

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