On the other hand, a number of rebel candidates from the ruling party also managed to win. Unofficial results showed renegade candidates victorious in Shariatpur’s Zajira and Bhedorganj, Bogura’s Dhunat, Sylhet’s Golapganj and Zakiganj, Mymensingh’s Gauripur and Ishwarganj and Jhenaidah’s Kotchandpur.

Candidates backed by the BNP also won in a few municipalities. According to unofficial results, BNP candidates won in Bogura’s Gabtoli and Kahalu.

Polls violence, election boycott

In Lakshmipur, three people were shot and 20 others were injured in Ramganj municipality polls violence.

The incident took place over the domination of a polling centre, and balloting was suspended at the centre for half an hour.

In Natore, BNP candidate Taizul Islam boycotted the election in Natore’s Singra municipality alleging irregularities including ballot stuffing.

“Awami League-backed agents publicly stuffed ballots, and the BNP candidate’s polling agents were driven out from several polling centres,” Taizul said.

In Satkhira, BNP-backed candidate Sheikh Sharifuzzaman and independent candidate Nargis Sultana boycotted the election in Kolaroa municipality polls, alleging vote-rigging.

They also said their agents were not allowed to enter any of the polling centres.

In Naogaon, at least three SATV journalists came under attack as they were covering alleged incidents of ballot stuffing, vote-rigging, and polling centre domination by ruling party men in Naogaon.

In Bogura, BNP’s mayoral candidate in Shibganj municipality Motiar Rahman Motin boycotted the election, alleging that the ruling party men occupied the polling centres and physically assaulted his agents.

Third phase municipality polls

The 62 municipalities that went to polls on Saturday include Ulipur in Kurigram, Jaldhaka in Nilphamari, Gobindaganj in Gaibandha, Hakimpur in Dinajpur, Rohanpur in Chapainawabganj, Mundumala and Keshorhat in Rajshahi, Shibganj, Nandigram, Dhunat, Gabtoli and Kahalu in Bogura, Naogaon and Dhamoirhat in Naogaon, Singra in Natore and Pabna.

The municipalities also include Darshana in Chuadanga, Kotchadpur and Harinakundu in Jhenaidah, Manirampur in Jashore, Paikgacha in Khulna, Morelganj in Bagerhat, Kalaroa in Satkhira, Barguna and Patharghata in Barguna, Borhanuddin and Daulatkhan in Bhola Nalchity in Jhalokathi, Swarupkathi in Pirojpur, Gournadi and Mehendiganj in Barishal.

The other municipalities include Naria, Bhedarganj and Zajira in Shariatpur, Tungipara in Gopalganj, Kalia and Narail in Narail, Pangsha in Rajbari, Munshiganj, Madhupur, Tangail, Bhuapur, Sakhipur and Mirzapur in Tangail, Iswarganj, Bhaluka, Gauripur and Nakla and Nalitabari in Sherpur, Sarishabari in Jamalpur, Durgapur in Netrakona and Katiadi in Kishoreganj.

The other municipalities are Golapganj and Zakiganj in Sylhet, Moulvibazar, Hajiganj in Chandpur, Barua, Chauddagram and Feni, Hatia and Chowmuhani in Noakhali and Ramganj in Lakshmipur.

The first and second phases of the municipal elections respectively to 24 and 60 municipalities were held on 28 December in 2020 and 16 January this year.

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