Awami League mayoral candidate Jahangir Alam has taken lead in the early counting of votes in the Gazipur City Corporation (GCC) election on Tuesday.
According to unofficial results of 147 polling centres, Jahangir bagged 1,66,325 votes while BNP mayoral contestant Hasan Uddin Sarker bagged 73,614.
Earlier, voting in the GCC election was held amid BNP's various allegations of irregularities and vote fraud at many polling stations.
However, the ruling party and its mayoral candidate claimed that the balloting was largely fair and BNP brought the allegations to make the polls controversial.
The voting was suspended in seven polling centres, including Khartoil Mansur Ali Adarsha School, West Joydebpur Madinatul Ulum Madrasah, Bhogra Government Primary School and Daffodil Kindergarten-2, due to violence and capturing of polling stations and giving fake votes, said Dr Dewan Mohammad Humayun Kabir, deputy commissioner of Gazipur.
The polling that began at 8am ended at 4pm without any break at 425 polling stations, and the counting of votesbegan after that.