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Thursday, 01 May 2008

Barrister Shafique Ahmed was elected president of the Supreme Court Bar Association with a huge lead over his nearest contender advocate Khandaker Mahbub Hossain, according to official results released early Wednesday, reports

Barrister Shafique won 589 votes, with Mahbub trailing behind with 431. Barrister Abdullah Al Mamun was elected secretary of the lawyers' association with 519 votes.

His nearest contestant was Nurul Islam Sujan who finished only two votes behind. Sujan demanded vote recounting. In his instant reaction, Barrister Shafique, who was elected SCBA chief a second time for a one-year term, told "This is a victory for lawyers.

The election ran into snags but we have overcome them." "I'll try to help establish the rule of law and justice in the country," the lawyer said. The two-day election starting Monday saw the casting of 1,532 votes. Some 1,780 lawyers have registered as voters for the election.

The election scheduled for March 24-25 was earlier deferred to Apr 28-29, in the face of a government ban order, which was subsequently lifted. Six candidates had contested for the two posts of vice president, two for treasurer, five for two deputy secretaries and 14 candidates against seven member chairs.

Advocate SM Shafiqul Islam Babul bagged 739 votes to become one of the vice-presidents. Amatun Noor Begum ended the race as the other vice-president with 533 votes. Nahid Sultana Juthi beat Abdul Baset 906 to 538 in the foray for treasurer.

Two deputy secretaries are Fahima Nasrin who won the election by bagging 620 votes and Zahid Sarwar Kazal who clinched 589. In the camp of members are Nurun Nahar (943), Md Shafkat Hossain (883), Jamil Akter Elahi (769), Nazibur Rahman (720), Mohammad Ali Azam (696), Sheikh Ali Ahmed Khokon (676) and AKM Nurul Islam (669).

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