Jatiyo Party-nominated candidate Rahgir Almahi Saad Ershad was unofficially declared victorious in Saturday’s (Oct 5) Rangpur-3 by-polls.
Rahgir Almahi Saad Ershad won the Rangpur-3 by-pols bagging 58,878 votes, Regional Election Officer and Returning Officer for Rangpur-3 by-poll GM Sahatab Uddin announced the unofficial results at Police Hall control room on Saturday (Oct 5) evening, local media reported.
Bangladesh Awami League earlier withdrew its candidature for the polls giving support to the candidate of Jatiyo Party, a major partner of the Awami League-led grand alliance.
The nearest rival of Saad Ershad was BNP-nominated candidate Rita Rahman (symbol Sheaf of Paddy).
A total of six candidates contested in by-poll in Rangpur-3 seat that became vacant following death of Leader of the Opposition in the Jatiyo Sangshad and Party Chairman Hussein Muhammad Ershad on Jul 14.
The other contestants in Rangpur-3 by-poll were: independent candidate Hossain Mokbul Shahriar Asif, Muhammad Shahidullah (Ganofront), Tauhidur Rahman Mandal Raju (Khelafat Majlish) and Shafiul Alam (National People Party).
The Returning Officer said that the unofficial results will be reexamined on Sunday (Oct 6).
A total of 94,006 voters exercised their franchise in Rangpur-3 by-poll against four lakh 41 thousand and 224 eligible voters and the rate of casting votes stands at 22.86 percent in the by-election.
“Not a single vote was cancelled as a result of using electronic voting achiness (EVMs) at all 1,023 booths in all 175 polling centres of the constituency” the Returning Officer said.
The RO congratulated all participating candidates and thanked people, election officials, law enforcement agencies, journalists and other concerned for extending all-out cooperation in holding the Rangpur-3 by-poll peacefully in a free- fair, transparent and credible manner.