CHITTAGONG: Awami League candidate Saifuzzaman Chowdhury Javed was declared winner in the by-election to the Chittagong-12 (Anwara-West Patiya) on Thursday. Of the votes counted from all the 90 centres, Javed bagged 1,24,964 votes while his rival Ujjal Bhowmick of Gano Forum polled 1,849, said assistant returning officer Khorshed Alam.
The voting started at 8am and continued till 4 pm without any break.
The election saw only the two contestants -- Javed and Ujjal -- as the opposition boycotted the polls. There was no report of any untoward incident during the election as foolproof security measures were taken to ensure peaceful voting.
Unofficial sources said some 1,27,719 voters out of total 250,257 cast their ballots in the polls.
Democracy Watch, a development organization that monitored the polls, said the turnout of voters was about 40 percent.
It cited the polls boycott by BNP, less campaign ahead of the polls and a rumour of withdrawal of candidature by Ujjal from the race, as the reasons for the poor turnout.
The voting was held in a peaceful manner as the law and order situation during the voting was almost satisfactory, according to the Democracy Watch.
The parliamentary seat fell vacant following the death of Awami League MP Akhteruzzaman Chowdhury Babu on November 4 last year.