Dhaka, Aug 11 (Just News): BNP’s mayoral candidate Ariful Haque Choudhury has won in the Sylhet City Corporation elections based on results after the re-polling at two centres today.
Ariful defeated ruling Awami League candidate Badar Uddin Ahmed Kamran by a margin of 6,196 votes in a close contest.
Ariful bagged 92,593 votes while Kamran got 86,397 votes, reports our Sylhet correspondent quoting Returning Officer Md Alimuzzaman.
Earlier, voting for re-polling at the two centres -- -- Gazi Borhan Uddin Garam Dewan Govt Primary School of Ward-24 and Habinandi Govt Primary School of Ward-27 -- ended this afternoon as voters cast their votes with great enthusiasm to determine the Sylhet city mayor.
The voting began from 8:00am today and continued till 4:00pm without break.
The city dwellers witnessed heavy rain since this morning, causing slow voting at the two centres.
But after the rain stop around noon, the voters began to cast their votes with much enthusiasm.
The Election Commission announced the date of the re-voting at the centres as it was cancelled following anomalies and irregularities during the polls on July 30.
Ruling Awami League mayor candidate Badar Uddin Ahmed KamranRuling Awami League mayor candidate Badar Uddin Ahmed Kamran visits Gazi Borhan Uddin Garam Dewan Govt Primary School polling centre in Sylhet on Saturday, August 11, 2018. Photo: Star
Besides, votes at 14 centres started at the same time for the reserved female councillor post of Ward-7 (general 19, 20, 21) which was tied between two candidates.
BNP candidate Ariful Haque Choudhury and ruling Awami League candidate Badar Uddin Ahmed Kamran visited Gazi Borhan Uddin Garam Dewan Govt Primary School polling centre in the city at noon.
Talking to reporters, Ariful Haque said “It is proved that no conspiracy can survive and disrupt the peaceful voting if people want”.
Kamran told reporters that voting was going on peacefully and he will accept any result of the voting.
BNP candidate Ariful Haque Choudhury was leading the mayoral race with 90,496 votes, while his rival ruling Awami League candidate Badar Uddin Ahmed Kamran got 85,870 votes in the Sylhet city polls held on July 30.
Difference between their votes was 4,626 with the two centres having 4,787 registered voters.
For a mere margin of 161 votes, the final result was postponed by the Election Commission after declaring results of 132 out of total 134 centres.