The three city corporations go to polls on Monday
Sajeeb Wazed Joy, ICT adviser to the prime minister, has predicted that the ruling Awami League will easily win in Rajshahi and Barisal city polls while they are slightly ahead in Sylhet city polls.
He made the predictions following the results of three opinion surveys conducted in the three cities by Research Development Center (RDC), an independent research organization, in July.
“I can quite confidently say that in Barisal and Rajshahi Awami League will win by a landslide. In Sylhet we are slightly ahead, but it is too close to call,” Joy wrote in his Facebook page on Sunday.
The three city corporations will go to polls on Monday.
According to the survey in Barisal, conducted on 1,241 registered voters, Awami League mayoral candidate Serniabat Sadik Abdullah will get 44.0% of votes while his rival, BNP candidate Mujibur Rahman Sarowar will get 13.1% of votes.
In Rajshahi, Awami League mayoral candidate Khairuzzaman Liton might get 58% of votes against his rival BNP candidate Mosaddek Hossain Bulbul, who will get 16.4% of votes. The survey was conducted on 1,294 registered voters.
The Sylhet city polls result might see a tight race, the survey said. As many as 1,196 registered voters, who took part in the survey, think Awami League’s Badar Uddin Ahmed Kamran will get 33% of votes while his rival, BNP’s Ariful Haque Chowdhury will get 28.1% of votes.
Joy, also the son of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, said he thinks the results of the survey are reliable.
“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.”
He said the BNP already lost popularity over the years.
“The BNP keeps making all sorts of complaints, but the fact is that it has lost all popularity. The 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.”
Joy called on the party activists, law enforcers and election officials to remain vigilant for BNP attempts to seize polling centres.
“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...As their candidates talk to voters during the campaign they realize they have no chance of winning, so they are actively attempting to frame the Awami League in an attempt to make these elections controversial.”