RANGPUR: district Awami League Advisory Committee Member Sharfuddin Ahmed Jhontu was elected the first mayor of Rangpur City Corporation (RCC) in a landslide victory in Thursday’s polls.
According to unofficial results of the much-orchestrated mayoral polls, Jhontu bagged 106,255 votes while Mostafizar Rahman Mostafa and Abdur Rouf Manik, both expelled from Jatiya party, were trailing far behind with 77,805 and 37,208 respectively in their shares of the vote in all 178 polling centres.
Earlier in the day, the voting for maiden RCC mayoral elections ended amid festive mood.
Returning Officer of the RCC election Monirul Islam said around 85 percent votes were cast in the polls.
The RCC voters went to the polls to choose a mayor and 44 councilors in the election, reports our correspondents covering the event.
The voting started at 8:00am in the morning and continued till 4:00pm.
Temporary stalls near polling centers have brought into a favor of village fair here. Voters rushed to the centers amid tick fog, banglanews correspondents report.
Sarfuddin Ahmed Jhantu cast his vote at Salema High School while Mostafizur Rahman Mostafa at about 9:00am cast vote at Alamnagar Government Primary School around 9:05 an.
The administration has identified 122 centres as risky out of 178 polling centres. Special security measures have been taken in the centers. A total of 4,000 law enforcers have been deployed, said sources concerned.
On Tuesday, Rangpur Police Super Saleh Mohammad Tanvir told banglanews, “Mobile courts will be active during polling day comprising six judicial magistrates and 45 executive magistrates.
Seven armed police personnel along with 24 cops and Ansar men have been deployed in every centre to ensure peaceful voting, the SP added.”
Some 12 candidates competed for mayoral race and a total of 327 candidates contested the race for general councilor post in 33 wards to become councilors of the newly-formed Rangpur City Corporation, while 91 women competed for reserved-seat women councilors in 11 reserved wards.
Seven armed police personnel along with 24 cops and Ansar men have been deployed in every centre to ensure peaceful voting, the SP added.
Meanwhile, Rab and Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) personnel have patrolled separately in the areas.
Some 10 numbers of striking forces patrolled in each part out of four zones. 10 special patrol teams were deployed in every zone till afternoon.
On July 1, the government declared Rangpur district municipal town as City Corporation.
BDST: 0023 HRS, DEC 21, 2012
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