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Awami League’s Jahangir Alam elected Gazipur mayor

  • Published at 09:37 am June 27th, 2018
  • Last updated at 12:14 pm June 27th, 2018
Awami League candidate Jahangir Alam during the celebration in his residence at Haricane area in Gazipur | Mehedi Hasan

He bagged over 200,000 more votes than his closest rival

Jahangir Alam, the Awami League mayoral candidate, has won the election to become the second mayor of the Gazipur City Corporation, according to unofficial results.

He bagged 400,010 votes in 416 centres, while his nearest rival, BNP’s Hasan Uddin Sarker, got 197,611 votes, Returning Officer Rakib Uddin Mondal announced Wednesday morning.

Votes have been suspended at nine centres where there are approximately 23,000 voters. This means that the result is unlikely to change even if the BNP candidate gets the remaining votes.

The BNP had won the first mayoral election in Gazipur after its formation in 2013.

Tuesday’s election was being seen as a test of popularity of the two main political parties as Bangladesh heads towards the national election.

Jahangir said he would build Gazipur as a planned city.

“I will work with everyone. My first task will be coordination. I want to bring relief to citizens’ lives by fixing the traffic problem, by repairing the roads and fixing the sewerage system. I will speak to everyone and create a master plan,” he said.