Newly-elected mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Md Atiqul Islam took oath of office on Thursday (Mar 7). Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina administered the oath at a ceremony at Shapla Hall of her office in the city.
Later, 38 newly-elected general councilors and 12 female councilors of the reserved seats, who were elected from the extended areas of the capital’s two city corporations, were also sworn in at the same venue. Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Md Tajul Islam administered the oath to the councilors. Local Government Division’s Senior Secretary SM Ghulam Farooque conducted the oath-taking ceremony where State Minister for LGRD Swapan Bhattacharjee was also present, local media reported.
On Feb 28, Bangladesh Awami League candidate Atiqul Islam won the by-election to the DNCC mayoral post by a huge margin. Atiqul bagged 8,39,302 votes while his nearest rival Shafin Ahmed of Jatiyo Party polled 52,429 in the by-election.
On the same day, 38 general councilor candidates and 12 female councilor contenders won the polls held in 20 wards of DNCC and 18 wards of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC).
Of them, 20 general councilors and six female councilors of reserved seats were elected from DNCC, while the remaining 18 general councilors and six female councilors of six reserved seats elected from DSCC.
The DNCC mayoral post fell vacant with the death of mayor Annisul Huq on Nov 30, 2017.