In a tightly fought race consisting of 10 candidates, young people in Tower Hamlets have voted for Fahimul Islam to act as their new Young Mayor.
The inauguration ceremony took place on Thursday (26th January) at Tower Hamlets Town Hall.
The outgoing Young Mayor, Deng Yan San, ceremonially handed over the chains of office to the new representative. She said: “Everyone who knows me knows how much I have changed in the last two years. This role has changed my life.”
Fahimul Islam received 3,633 votes out of a total of over 10,000. As a serving member of the Youth Opportunities Fund panel and Youth Council, he has campaigned to improve career and employment opportunities for young people in the borough.
IHe promised: “I will make every effort to make Tower Hamlets a place for all young people to aspire, believe and become.”
Islam will be joined by two of the other candidates, Sadia Ahmed and Shaiam Islam, who will act as deputies alongside the Young Mayor.
Tower Hamlets Mayor John Biggs congratulated his young counterpart. He said: “Fahimul has been democratically elected by the young people of the borough to represent them, and it’s an enormously important role given the part the young people of Tower Hamlets play in making this such a vibrant borough.
I look forward to meeting Fahimul, Sadia, and Shaiam, and working with them to champion the causes that matter to the young people of Tower Hamlets.”
The new Young Mayor will be in office for two years, representing the interests of 11-18 year olds who currently study or reside in the borough.