NCC Polls: Ivy rewrites history with a hat-trick

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Narayanganj, Jan 16: Awami League mayoral candidate Selina Hayat Ivy on Sunday created history as she unofficially won the high-voltage Narayanganj City Corporation (NCC) election for a record-breaking third time in a row.

Ivy, also the country’s first female city mayor, secured a landslide victory by defeating independent mayoral candidate Taimur Alam Khandaker with a margin of 69, 102 votes.

She bagged 1,61,273 votes while her nearest contestant Taimur Alam polled 92, 171.

Returning officer Mahfuza Akter announced the results when the vote counting completed.

With the latest victory, Ivy is the first city mayor to win the polls for the third consecutive term.

Out of the 7 mayoral candidates, Ivy contested the election with the “Boat” symbol while Taimur Alam with “Elephant” symbol.

Ivy was previously elected twice — as an independent candidate 2011 when she became the first woman to be elected as mayor in the country, before reelection as the ruling Awami League candidate in 2016.

The voting started at 8am and ended at 4pm. However, the voting continued after 4 pm due to the slow pace of Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) and the presence of voters in some centres of Bandar upazila.

Narayanganj District Commissioner Mostain Billah said the voting took place almost peacefully, even though it may have lagged a bit behind due to voter’s inexperience with the electronic voting machine.

Ivy cast her ballot at Deobhog Kalarab polling centre around 9:30 am while Taimur at Masdair Islamia Fazil Madrasah around 10 am.

Both of them expressed dissatisfaction over the slow pace of EVM.

Joint Secretary of Election Commission SM Asaduzzaman said seven candidates contested for the post of the NCC mayor, 148 candidates for 27 ward councillors post while 38 women for conserved seats for women.

This time the number of enlisted voters was 517,357, including 257,519 women and 42,418 first-timers.