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All except heavyweight mayoral aspirants lose security deposit

  • Published at 10:45 pm February 2nd, 2020
Election Mehehdi
File Photo: A polling officer marks a voter with ink during Dhaka city polls 2020 on Saturday, February 1, 2020 Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

According to the Representation of the People Order (RPO), the security money of any candidate who fails to get one-eighth or 12.5% of the votes cast for a given seat will be confiscated

Other than the four mayoral aspirants endorsed by ruling Awami League and BNP, the rest who competed in the elections to Dhaka South and North city corporations have lost their security deposits.

According to the Representation of the People Order (RPO), the security money of any candidate who fails to get one-eighth or 12.5% of the votes cast for a given seat will be confiscated.

Before the much hyped all-EVMs elections, the Election Commission (EC) received Tk100,000 as security money from each of the 13 mayoral aspirants.

Tk20,000 was set as the deposit fee for women candidates who vied for reserved ward councillor posts. But general ward councillor candidates had to pay Tk50,000 as security deposit. 

According to unofficial results, Awami League nominated Barrister Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh became the mayor elect of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC), bagging 424,595 votes, while his rival, BNP's Ishraque Hossain bagged 236,512 votes.

Apart from Taposh and Ishraque, other DSCC mayoral candidates like Haji Saifuddin Ahmed Milon of Jatiya Party, Maulana Abdur Rahman of Islami Andolan Bangladesh, Bahrane Sultan Bahar of National People’s Party, Md Aktaruzzaman alias Ayatullah of Bangladesh Congress, and Abdus Samad Sujan of Gono Front received much below the required votes.

On the other hand, Atiqul Islam from the ruling party was unofficially declared elected mayor of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC), securing 447,211 votes in the polls. His nearest contender was BNP backed Tabith Awal, who bagged 264,161 votes.

In DNCC, other mayoral candidates such as Ahammad Sazedul Haque of Communist Party of Bangladesh, Shahin Khan of the Progressive Democratic Party, Fazle Bari Masud of Islami Andolan Bangladesh, and Anisur Rahman Dewan of National People’s Party, also performed poorly in the elections.

Nine mayoral aspirants failed to bag a minimum of 88,936 votes in Saturday's elections that would have allowed them to have their security deposit refunded.