Second phase municipal elections
Counting begins, elections end amid sporadic clashes, boycotts
The second phase of elections to 60 municipalities ended with tensions, sporadic clashes, and boycotts of candidates. Counting is going on at the polling centers after ending of voting which begun from 8.00 am and ended at 4.00 pm.
BNP nominated mayor candidates boycotted the elections at four municipalities during the voting, while an independent mayor candidate boycotted the polls in one municipality. Besides, councilor candidates also boycotted election in many areas.
The election officials concerned at the polling centers will send the results to the returning officers after handing over the results to the polling agents at each center. The returning officers will announce the preliminary unofficial results after counting the results received from all centers.
In Savar, online newsportal Banglanews correspondent Sagar Fardin was assaulted by Kamrul Hasan Shaheen, son of Awami League-backed mayor candidate Haji Abdul Gani, while covering election news at a polling centre there.
Shaheen snatched away the cell phone of Sagar Fardin while he was taking an interview of a female voter. He also used some abusive words out of anger.
In Bagerhat, BNP mayoral candidate Julfiker Ali and 12 councilor candidates boycotted Mongla port municipality election, bringing allegation of irregularities and vote rigging.
Julfiker Ali alleged that Awami League supporters occupied all polling stations soon after the voting started. They drove out the BNP agents.
In Feni, three people including an ansar man were injured while two cocktails were exploded and a counter chase took place at Gonipur Government Primary School polling centre in Dagonbhuiyan.
Presiding officer Gofran Uddin said the voters were casting their votes, despite the chaotic situation.
In Kishoreganj, voting has been postponed at Wali Newaz Khan College polling centre following clashes between the supporters of Awami League and BNP candidates.