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Gazipur city polls

EC’s role deserves plaudits


Bangladeshpost
Published : 27 May 2023 07:16 PM

We are expressing satisfaction over the Gazipur City Corporation (GCC) election, which was held in free, fair and peaceful manner. Independent candidate Jayeda Khatun has won the Gazipur city poll defeating her nearest rival Awami League-nominated candidate Azmat Ullah Khan.

Jayeda bagged 2,38,934 votes with the election symbol ‘Table Clock’ while her nearest candidate ruling Awami League (AL) backed Advocate Azmat Ullah Khan secured 2,22,737 votes with the election symbol ‘Boat’.

Though Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), one of the major opposition political parties, was not there in the race, all eyes were fixed on the election as it was the first major polls ahead of the country’s next general election under the Election Commission, led by CEC Kazi Habibul Awal. 

This election was also an acid test for the commission and the government as well, as people and different political parties observed the role of the commission, administration and law enforcers closely.

The commission did everything

 possible to hold a free, fair, 

and neutral election

The Gazipur city poll was also crucial due to the attention the government and the commission were receiving from the international community. Countries such as the USA, UK, the EU, Japan, and even the UN focused on the poll in Gazipur.

The commission did everything possible to hold a free, fair, and neutral election and has set an example. As per the schedule, after Gazipur City Corporation poll, election to Khulna and Barishal City Corporations will be on June 12 and Rajshahi and Sylhet City Corporations on June 21.

We believe the CEC Kazi Habibul Awal led commission is itself is strong, capable, and independent for holding poll as it has already conducted the Cumilla and Gazipur City Corporations elections in fair and transparent manner. We hope the next city polls to Khulna, Barishal, Rajshahi and Sylhet City Corporations will also be held in free, fair and peaceful manner ahead of our national election.  Countrymen are now saying democracy has won through the Gazipur city poll as it has been lauded at home and abroad. The ruling Awami League did not interfere in the polls to make its candidate win. The countrymen are happy as the election was held in a free, fair and impartial manner.