Chairmen elected in 61 district council polls announced

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Dhaka, December 28: Results of 61 district council elections were announced unofficially on Wednesday night on completion of counting of ballots.

The voting was ended at 2:00pm starting at 9:00am on Wednesday. Later, vote counting began after a brief recession. Results were announced from the offices of Returning Officers once the vote counting ended.

Voting was held at 61 districts, except three Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) districts. In 22, out of 61 district council elections, chairman candidates were elected uncontested. All of them belong to Awami League. Except these districts, the elections were held in chairman posts at 39 districts on Wednesday. In general member posts and reserved member posts, 139 and 53 candidates were elected unopposed.

District Council elections were not held in three CHT districts–Rangamati, Bandarban and Khagrachhari–were not held owing to the existence of a seperate law, while elections were stayed in Bogra and Kushtia districts.

The Awami League nominated, rebel and independent candidates who were elected in 22 districts are: AL-backed candidate Md Zafar Ali in Kurigram, AL-rebel candidate Md Nazrul Islam in Satkhira, AL-rebel candidate Mohiuddin Maharaj in Pirojpur, AL-nominated candidate Alhaj Osman Ghani Patwari in Chandpur, AL-backed candidate Md Moidul Islam in Barisal, Independent candidate Md Zainal Abedin in Nilphamari, AL-backed candidate Shamsul Islam in Luxmipur, AL-rebel candidate Humayun Kabir Ruman in Sherpur, Awami League candidate Yusuf Khan Pathan in Mymensingh, AL-rebel candidate former municipal mayor Advocate Sohrab Hossain Biswas in Narail, AL-rebel candidate Golam Rasul in Meherpur, Independent candidate Ataur Rahman Ata in Gaibandha, AL-backed candidate and district AL general secretary Advocate Motiar Rahman in Lalmonirhat, AL-backed candidate Md Azizur Rahman in Moulvibazar, AL-backed candidate Delwar Hossain in Barguna, AL-backed candidate Chowdhury Emdadul Huq in Gopalganj, AL-backed candidate Kanak Kanti Das in Jhenidah, AL-rebel candidate Amanullah Bacchu in Panchagarh, AL-backed candidate Moinuddin Mondol in Chapainawabganj, AL-rebel candidate Sheikh Shamsul Abedin Khokon in Chuadanga, AL-backed candidate Sabedur Rahman Khoka in Shariatpur, AL-backed candidate Rezaul Rahim Lal in Pabna, Independent candidate Ali Sarker in Rajshahi, AL-backed candidate Md Asadozzaman in Narsingdi, AL-backed candidate Lutfar Rahman in Sylhet, AL-rebel candidate Nurul Huda Mukut in Sunamganj, AL-backed candidate Pankaj Kumar Kundu in Magura, AL-backed candidate Advocate Safia Khanam in Rangpur.

The government appointed administrators at 61 districts on December 15, 2011. As their tenures were over, the government decided to hold the elections this time. The district council chairmen were elected through the votes of elected representatives of city corporations (if any), upazilas, pourasavas and union parishads.

On Wednesday, voting was held in chairman posts in 41 districts. A total of 2,985 candidates contested for general member posts, while 805 candidates contested for reserved members.

Some 67,000 elected representatives of the four local government institutions cast their ballots in the election. Of them, highest number of voters are in the union parishads. There are 13 voters in each of 4,571 union parishads of the country on an average. It means there are some 60,000 voters in the UPs.

Besides, there are some 1,500 voters in 488 upazila parishads, 5,500 voters in 320 pourasavas and 550 voters in 11 city corporations of the country.

Meanwhile, voting was stayed in all posts at Ward No. 4 and general member posts at Wards Nos. 2, 6 and 9 in Noakhali district at the directive of the courts.

Besides, ballot casting was stayed in general member posts at Wards Nos. 3 and 9, and in reserved seats at Wards Nos. 2 and 3 in Jessore district, while voting in all types of posts at Ward No. 11 was stayed in Magura district. Voting was stayed in chairman post in Bogra district and in general member posts at Wards Nos. 8 and 10 in Gaibandha.

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