The 59 district council chairmen were sworn in by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her office on Wednesday morning.
“I want you to perform your respective responsibilities with honesty, sincerity and devotion. Your main goal is to serve the people,” she said.
She said to ensure services for mass people through decentralization, her government has been working. “Zila Parishad will have enough power to ensure services for people and for overall development of the districts,” she said.
The oath taking ceremony was administered by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Cabinet members, PM’s advisers and leaders of different political parties and senior officials were present.
On December 28, the election was held.
Only the elected representatives of other local government bodies – upazila parishads, union parishads, municipalities and city corporations – were the electorate in the zila parishad elections.
Some 63,143 voters, including 14,800 female ones, exercised their franchise at 915 centers across the country to elect a chairman and 20 members, including five from reserved women seats, for each Zila Parishad in one district.
A total of 3,938 candidates – 146 for the post of chairman, 806 reserved women seats and 2,986 general members – contested the Zila Parishad election.