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Chittagong Mayoral Election- a Win for Democracy June 18, 2010

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.The mayoral election for Chittagong City Corporation was held in absolute peaceful state on 17th instant.. No incident of any measurable amount took place during the voting. The counting began as usual. The result was also started to pouring out from the control center of the Election Commission at Chittagong Stadium Gymnasium. But the trouble begins when the declaration of the result halted from being announced. Amir Khusheu Mahmud, an Ex- Minister and leader of BNP declared to the media that the Administration is conspiring to alter the result of the election. He said that EC declared the result of few centers where Mohiuddin was advancing but they have in possession of result of 200 centers where Monju, BNP backed candidate was in advance. He added that Government was compelling the presiding officers not to sign over the result sheets.
Trouble erupted outside the control centers. Clashes took place between the rival parties, Vehicles were burned down and transport interrupted. Declaring the results later resumed and after the midnight, it became clear that Munjur was advancing ahead of Mohiuddin. In the meantime, Incumbent Mayor Mohiuddin wanted to enter into the premises of control room on a truck with his workers. Army on duty allowed him to go on rickshaw. he stayed there for an hour, didn’t give any speech and then left.

In the morning, after counting all votes, Mrs. Jeshmin Tuli, the Returning Officer of the election declared Mr. Monjur the new Mayor of the City. People relieved of the overnight anxity.

The new Mayor thanked the people for their support and asked his workers not to make the day a festive one.

Prime Minister Sk. Hasina Congatulated the new Mayor. We appreciate. BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia aslo congratulated the new Mayor and thanked the people for the change they made. AL Organising Secreatary Obaidul Karim in a commuique said that AL as a democartratic party accepted the verdict and is taking the result as a caution to the Government.LGRD MInister Ashraful Islam assured that the Govt will continue its support to develop Chittagong city and AL will think about new leadership in Chittagong.

After a mid-night drama, it is the democracy that wins the race.

An ordinary citizen