Awami League-supported candidates won 25 chairman posts while its rebels took 12 in the election to 38 Zila Parishads held on Wednesday, Agencies report. Besides, a Jatiya Party leader, Ataur Rahman Sarkar, was unofficially elected chairman in Gaibandha.
The ballot was held to decide 38 chairman posts on Wednesday, though the Election Commission (EC) announced election schedule for 61 Zila Parishads across the country except three Chittagong Hill Tracks districts – Rangamati, Bandarban and Khagrachhari.
Earlier, 21 AL-backed chairman candidates were elected uncontested finding no rival against their respective posts, while the election to Kushtia and Bogra were postponed following court’s orders.
The 25 ruling AL-backed chairmen who were unofficially elected are Shamsul Islam in Laxmipur, Azizur Rahman in Moulvibazar, Rezaul Rahim Lal in Pabna, Fakir Abduz Zabbar in Rajbari, Md Miaz Uddin in Madaripur, Delwar Hossain in Barguna, Advocate Golam Mohiuddin in Manikganj, Sabedur Rahman Khoka Sikder in Shariatpur, Yousuf Ali Khan Pathan in Mymensingh, Moinuddin Mandal in Chapainawabganj, Advocate Asaduzzaman in Narsingdi, Advocate Shafia Khanam in Rangpur, Sheikh Harunur Rashid in Khulna, Md Matiur Rahman in Lalmonirhat, Osman Gani Patwari in Chandpur, Khan Mosharraf Hossain in Patuakhali, Lutfur Rahman in Sylhet, ABM Zafar Ullah in Noakhali, Abu Taher in Comilla, Chowdhury Imdadul Haque in Gopalganj, Pankaj Kundu in Magura, Md Zafar Ali in Kurigram, Kanak Kanti Das in Jhenidah, Maidul Islam in Barisal and Mostak Ahmed Chowdhury in Cox’s Bazar.
The 12 AL rebels who were unofficially elected are Golam Rasul in Meherpur, Mohammad Ali Sarkar in Rajshahi, Amanullah Bachchu in Panchagarh, Humayun Kabir Rahman in Sherpur, Nurul Huda Mukut in Sunamganj, Joynal Abedin in Nilphamari, Sheikh Shamsul Abedin Khokan in Chuadanga, Sohrab Hossain Biswas in Narail, Faruk Ahmed Khan in Jamalpur, Shafiqul Alam in Brahmanbaria, Mohiuddin Maharaj in Pirojpur and Nazrul Islam in Satkhira.
The 21 chairman posts that went uncontested are in Thakurgaon, Dinajpur, Jaypurhat, Naogaon, Natore, Sirajganj, Jessore, Bagerhat, Jhalakathi, Bhola, Netrakona, Kishoreganj, Gazipur, Tangail, Munshiganj, Dhaka, Narayanganj, Faridpur, Habiganj, Feni and Chittagong.
BNP and Jatiya Party did not join the Zila Parishad election which was held in non-partisan manner unlike the local bodies – Union Parishad, Municipality, Upazila Parishad and City Corporation.
On November 20 last, the EC declared schedule for the maiden election to Zila Parishad.