Tuesday, 23 July, 2019

Joy sees AL’s victory in 3 city polls

Published on: 7:27 pm - Sunday | July 29, 2018


Prime Minister’s ICT Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy has confidently said that Awami League mayoral candidates will get victory in Barishal, Rajshahi and Sylhet city corporations polls scheduled for Monday.

“However, I can quite confidently say that in Barishal and Rajshahi Awami League will win by a landslide. In Sylhet we are slightly ahead, but it is too close to call.”


Joy expressed his hope on Sunday in a Facebook post citing a survey report, reports UNB.
Surveys were conducted throughout this month (July 2018) by an independent research organization, Research Development Center (RDC), he said.
“My team commissioned three public opinion surveys for the imminent Barishal, Rajshahi and Sylhet city corporation elections,” Joy said.
Of course, with the campaigns in full swing until midnight last night the results may vary slightly from these polls, which were conducted over the past month, Joy said.
In Barishal, the sample size of the survey was 1,241 registered voters where 44 percent supported Serniabat Sadik Abdullah (AL), 13.1 percent supported Mujibur Rahman Sarowar (BNP) while other candidates got supports of only 0.8 percent.
Some 23.5 percent were undecided and 15.9 percent refused to answer.
In Rajshahi, the sample size of the survey was 1,294 registered voters. In the survey, 58.0 percent supported Khairuzzaman
Liton (AL), 16.4 supported Mosaddek Hossain Bulbul (BNP) while 0.9 percent supported other candidates, he said.
Some 12.3 remained undecided and 9.6 percent refused to answer.
In Sylhet, the sample size of the survey was 1,196 registered voters. Some 33 percent supported Badar Uddin Ahmed Kamran (AL), 28.1 percent supported Ariful Haque Chowdhury (BNP) and 1.3 percent supported other candidates.
On the other hand, 23 percent remained undecided and 12.6 percent refused to answer.
Results were weighted for gender based on the composition of the voter list for the city corporations and age distribution for Barishal, Rajshahi and Sylhet cities from the 2011 Census, said Joy.
Sample was drawn from the addresses registered with the Election Commission through the voter ID registration. Persons included were only individuals who confirmed that they were on the voter list of the City Corporations.
“I have been conducting our opinion polls with RDC for the past five years. I have found their methods and results to be the most accurate,” Joy said.
The BNP keeps making all sorts of complaints, but the fact is that it has lost popularity.
He said Awami League on the other hand, has gained more and more popularity over the years. The BNP is no longer an electoral threat to the Awami League, he remarked.
“I would, however, urge my party members, law enforcement and electoral officers to be vigilant for BNP attempts to seize polling centers and stuff ballots in an attempt to blame the Awami League,” he said.
Joy mentioned that all have heard recorded phone conversations of BNP leaders plotting exactly this in the Gazipur elections.
“As their candidates talk to voters during the campaign they realize they have no chance of winning, so they are actively attempting to frame Awami League in an attempt to make these elections controversial,” he added.
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