Counting of vote begun as the voting in the by-election to the mayoral post of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and polls to councillor posts in its 18 new wards was ended peacefully. The balloting began at 8am and continued till 4pm without any break. A total of 2,345,374 voters expected to have exercised their franchise. The voting in 18 other new wards of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) was also held without any untoward incident reported till this afternoon.
In the DNCC, five candidates are vying for the mayoral post, while 116 contenders for 18 general councillor posts and 45 aspirants for six reserved seats for women. Of them, one general councillor candidate was elected unopposed in the city. The five mayoral candidates are Awami League’s Atiqul Islam (Boat), Jatiya Party’s Shafin Ahmed (Plough), NPP’s Anisur Rahman (Mango) and PDP’s Shahin Khan (Tiger) and independent runner Abdur Rahim (Table Clock).
The DNCC mayoral post fell vacant after former mayor Annisul Huq passed away on November 30, 2017. In the DSCC, there are 125 contestants for 18 general councillor posts and 24 women for six reserved seats.