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Fakhrul: Joy's poll-based remark casts an impact on election process

  • Published at 10:07 pm January 31st, 2020
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File Photo of BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

The prime minister should now appoint Joy as the 'Royal Astrologer,' he says

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has alleged that Prime Minister's ICT Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy's opinion poll on the elections to the two city corporations has influenced the entire elections.

He came up with the remark while talking to reporters at the residence of BNP-backed Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) polls mayoral candidate Ishraque Hossain at Gopibagh in Dhaka on Friday, reports UNB.

"The prime minister's ICT adviser on Thursday said their two mayoral candidates will win the polls...he had also made a prediction about the last national election results. Usually, astrologers make such predictions," the BNP leader said.

He further said: "We think his predictions before the voting are influencing the entire polls. When a top leader of the ruling party or a top official makes such a statement on the local body polls, it definitely influences the entire election system and creates pressure on those involved with conducting voting."

The BNP leader said the prime minister should now appoint Joy as the "Royal Astrologer."

On Thursday, Joy predicted landslide victories for Awami League in the elections to the two city corporations scheduled to be held on Saturday as he quotes an opinion poll.

"The polling was conducted by a mock ballot, so that neither the enumerator nor we know who voted for whom," he wrote in a post shared on his verified Facebook page on Thursday.

He said they have found this to be the most accurate method of polling. 

"People are not afraid to select any candidate. Those who still don't choose are the ones unlikely to vote since no election has 100% turnout. The margin of error is +/- 3%."

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