The post of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) mayor was declared vacant on Sunday, four days after its first incumbent, Annisul Huq, passed away.
Engineer Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, the local government, rural development and cooperatives minister, told journalists at the Secretariat yesterday that the gazette notification regarding the vacant post would be issued for December 3.
“The process of issuing notification in this regard is underway,” the minister said. “The Election Commission will hold the by-poll for the post within 90 days, as per the law.”
Mosharraf paid tribute to the late mayor’s successes.
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“DNCC has started transforming into a modern city under his supervision. He started to change the city’s Tejgaon and Gabtali areas. The DNCC will implement the initiatives undertaken by him,” he said.
The local government minister added that his ministry will come forward to this end, if the city corporation faced any barrier in this regard.
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Replying to a question about a new mayor, the minister said: “It would not be easy for the new mayor to go out of the foundation that was built by Annisul Huq. His successor has to also be innovative.”
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Annisul Huq passed away at a London hospital on Thursday. He was kept on life support at the intensive care unit (ICU) of the hospital due to cerebral vasculitis.
The first elections to the divided Dhaka city corporation were held in 2015. Annisul Huq was elected as the first mayor of the DNCC with the nomination of ruling Awami League.