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Jahangir Alam elected Gazipur city mayor

Jahangir Alam elected Gazipur city mayor

Bangladesh Awami League mayoral candidate Md Jahangir Alam was unofficially declared elected in the Gazipur City Corporation (GCC) election on Wednesday (Jun 27) as he defeated his rival BNP contestant Hasan Uddin Sarker by a huge margin.

Bangladesh Awami League nominated mayor candidate Md Jahangir Alam was declared elected in Gazipur City Corporation (GCC) elections today defeating his rival Bangladesh Nationalist Party contender Hasan Uddin Sarker by a big margin.

As per results of 416 centres out of 425 polling stations in 57 wards across the city corporation area, Jahangir bagged a total of 4,000,10 votes while BNP candidate Hasan Uddin Sarker got 1,97,611 votes, local media reports said.

According to reports, voting was suspended in nine centres as miscreants snatched ballot papers and cast votes forcefully and creating chaos.

The mayor candidates were ruling Awami League nominated Md Jahangir Alam, BNP-backed Hasan Uddin Sarker, Islami Oikkya Jote nominated Fazlur Rahman (Minar), Md Nasir Uddin of Islami Andolan Bangladesh, Bangladesh Islami Front nominated Md Jalal Uddin, Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) backed Md Ruhul Amin, and independent candidate Farid Ahmed.

Three-tier security measures were taken to ensure security during the election as 10,500 members of law enforcement agencies, including police, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), and Ansar, were deployed in the GCC area.

A total of 29 platoons of BGB, 58 teams of RAB, 57 mobile forces and 20 striking forces of police performed their duties during the election.

This was an election of prestige for both the Awami League and the BNP as it was held just six months before the parliamentary polls. In the maiden election to the GCC in 2013, which was lauded for its free and fair manner, Awami League candidate Ajmat Ullah Khan lost to BNP's M A Mannan.