Queues of voters at a polling centre in Khulna on Tuesday. Photo: UNB
The counting of votes in the election to Khulna City Corporation (KCC) is underway as balloting ended peacefully on Tuesday afternoon. Stay connected with the Kalerkantho English to catch live updates of counting and voting results.
Female voters queuing up outside polling centre to cast their votes in the Khulna City Corporation (KCC) election on Tuesday morning. Photo: UNB
AL's Khalek unofficially wins KCC polls
Awami League mayoral candidate Talukder Abdul Khalek has been unofficially declared elected in the Khulna City Corporation elections held on Tuesday (today).
Awami League’s Talukder Abdul Khalek has bagged 1, 76, 902 votes while his nearest candidate Nazrul Islam Manju of BNP got 1, 8, 956 votes in the polls.
Private TV station News24, a sister concern of the Bangla daily Kalerkantho, has confirmed the news.
Voting ends peacefully in KCC polls: EC
Voting in the Khulna City Corporation elections was held peacefully, Election Commission Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed claimed on Tuesday.
“We are happy with the polls,” he told journalists while talking with them at Agargaon in the capital this afternoon.
Pointing to the BNP’s allegation of an unfair election, the EC secretary said: “Presiding officers from the Election Commission have investigated BNP’s allegations and found them as baseless.”
“The voting was held in a fair manner in the city corporation today,” he told the reporters.
AL’s Khalek ahead in 27 centres as counting underway
Awami League-backed mayoral candidate Talukder Abdul Khalek has taken a lead in the early counting of Khulna City Corporation (KCC) election with 14,758 votes on Tuesday evening.
In the 27 polling centres including the two where electronic voting machines (EVM) were used, Talukder Abdul Khalek got a total of 14,758 votes while BNP backed mayoral candidate Nazrul Islam Manju got 7,529 votes, UNB reported.
AL’s Khalek bags 12,900; BNP’s Manju 6,200 at 7pm
In today's election to the Khulna City Corporation, Awami League’s Talukder Abdul Khalek has bagged 12,900 votes while his nearest candidate Nazrul Islam Manju of BNP got only 6200 votes when the report is filed after 7pm with the counting of votes in progress.
Our Khulna correspondents report from the spot.
AL men capture 150 polling centers in KCC election: BNP
BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi Ahmed today alleged that the leaders and activists of the ruling Awami League have captured over 150 polling stations in the Khulna City Corporation (KCC) polls.
He also said that they also forced out of the agents of its mayoral candidate from the polling station during the polls.
Ruhul Kabir Rizvi Ahmed came up with the allegations while speaking at a press conference held over the ongoing KCC polls today.
AL hopeful of victory in KCC polls: Quader
Awami League General Secretary and also Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader today said his party is hopeful of victory in the Khulna City Corporation (KCC) polls.
Quader came up with the hope while visiting Kanchpur bridge in Sonargaon to see the traffic jam situation this afternoon.
Counting of votes in the election to Khulna City Corporation (KCC) is underway as balloting ended peacefully on Tuesday afternoon.
The photo uploaded by someone today was taken from a Facebook page of the Khulna City Corporation (KCC).
Voting in two polling stations suspended
Voting in Fatema High School and Government Iqbal Nagar Primary school booths has been suspended over the allegations of casting fake votes and snatching ballot boxes during the polls.
Presiding Officer Ziaul Haque and Assistant Returning Officer Anisur Rahman respectively of the two polling stations announced the suspension around 10:30am on Tuesday.
Balloting begins 8am, ends 4pm
The voting was begun in the KCC polls from 8am and ended around 4pm today in all 41 wards of the corporation without any break amid tight security and festivity.
People in Khulna city were exercising their voting rights to elect competent leaders to steer the city for next five years.
Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) systems have been used in two polling stations--206 and 239-- in the KCC elections.
191 candidates vying in KCC polls with 5 mayoral posts
According to EC sources, a total of 191 candidates, including five for mayoral post, 148 for councilor posts, 38 for reserved posts for women, are vying in the polls while 4,93,093 voters have exercised their voting rights in 1,178 polling stations across the city corporation.
The mayoral contenders are Awami League’s Talukder Abdul Khalek, Nazrul Islam Manju of BNP, Jatiya Party’s Shafiqur Rahman Mushfiq, Islami Andolan Bangladesh’s Maulana Mozammil Haque and CPB’s Mizanur Rahman Babu.
16 platoons of BGB deployed
To ensure security during the election, a total of 16 platoons of BGB have been deployed in the city since Sunday while 9,500 policemen and APBN, 4,000 Ansar and VDP members and 900 subsidiary Ansar-VDP members performed their duties during the elections.