2nd phase UP election sees 76pc turnout

The second phase Union Parishad election witnessed a 76 percent voter turnout, two percent up from the first phase polls.

As of Friday evening, the Election Commission received complete results of 551 out of tota 6l39 UPs that went to polls on Thursday.

The election results of 46 UPs were not available at the EC Secretariat.

According to the EC’s primary accounts, the voter turnout was 76 percent against the chairman posts in the 551 UPs.

AL chairman candidates were unofficially elected in 372 UPs, while BNP contenders in 58 UPs and independent aspirants in 105 UPs.

With the 33 candidates elected uncontested, the total number of winning AL aspirants stands at 405.

Among other political parties that participated in the election, Jatiya Party (Ershad) chairman candidates won in three UPs while Jatiya Party-JP (Manju) in two.

Besides, polls results of nine UPs remained postponed following suspension of balloting in 33 polling stations.

A total of 7,341,896 (73.42 lakh) out of 9,643,682 (96.44 lakh) votes were cast in the chairman posts in the 551 UPs, which was 76.13 percent of the total votes.

Of the vote cast, 7,191,595 votes were declared valid while 150,301 were cancelled.

AL polled nearly 54 percent of the valid votes, while rival BNP got 18 percent, independent candidates and other political parties bagged the remaining 28 percent.

In the first phase election, AL polled 34 percent of votes cast against the chairman posts, while BNP 10 percent.

AL chairman candidates (including unopposed elected ones) were elected in total 540 UPs in the first phase, while BNP contenders in 47 UPs and independent candidates in 103 UPs. Besides, other political parties won in few UPs.

The third phase election to some 650 UPs will be held on April 23.

source : the daily star

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