Dhaka, Sunday, 19 May 2019

Mayor Atiqul vows to make Dhaka an attractive city

Mayor Atiqul vows to make Dhaka an attractive city

Staff Correspondent: Atiqul Islam, the Awami League-nominated mayoral candidate, secured a landslide victory in Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) by-polls, held on 28 February. Atiqul earned 839,302 votes in a total 1,295 polling centres, while closest rival Jatiya Party candidate Shafin Ahmed received 52,429 votes.

Returning Officer Abul Kasem announced the results at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre on Friday afternoon.

Earlier during his election campaign Atiqul promised to complete projects taken up by former mayor Late Annisul Huq. Atiqul Islam has vowed to make Dhaka an attractive city with modern facilities. He unveiled his plans for the next one year, categorizing them into short, medium, and long term plans. The plans include: transforming Dhaka into an attractive city, preventing environmental pollution, reactivating a city app, automating taxes and transactions, establishing open parks and playgrounds in localities, ensuring road safety by bringing discipline to the transport sector, and more.

EC satisfied with DNCC polls Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda has expressed his satisfaction with the DNCC mayoral by-polls and elections to councillor posts of new wards of both DNCC and DSCC, despite low voter turnout.

“Everyone’s voting right has been completely restored. We created opportunities for everyone to vote. The voter turnout on election day is not the real scenario of voting in Bangladesh,” he said.

The CEC made the comments during a rally on Friday. The rally began at the South Plaza of National Parliament and ended at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre.

The candidates for DNCC mayor were Awami League candidate Atiqul Islam, Jatiya Party’s (JaPa) Shafin Ahmed, National People’s Party’s (NPP) Anisur Rahman Dewan, People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) Shahin Khan, and independent candidate Abdur Rahim.