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Fact Check: Rumour Mills Falsely Claim the President Has Canceled The January 7 Elections 

Claim: The president has ordered that the national elections scheduled for January 7 will not be held.
Fact: The president has not given any such instruction. Until now the election is scheduled for January 7.

Recently, a post has been circulating on the social media platform TikTok claiming that “the president has ordered that the national elections on January 7 will not be allowed to be held.” The post uses multiple video clips of a report claiming that “the elections have been postponed.” See the post here: TikTok , TikTok , TikTok  and TikTok . See the screenshot of the video here:

SS of the viral post says no election on Jan 7 by the order of the president
courtesy: TikTok/User
SS of the viral post says no election on Jan 7 by the order of the president
courtesy: TikTok/User

Newschecker-Bangladesh has verified that the claim is false.

Fact check/Verification

Newschecker-Bangladesh investigated the claim. A Google reverse image and keyword search found that the news report used in the viral post was published in 2021, during the COVID-19 pandemic. The news report was about the postponement of all elections, including the ongoing Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) elections.

The report can be found here: Boishakhi TV

Amid criticisms, the Election Commission (EC) suspended a total of 80 elections, including the Chittagong City Corporation elections, parliamentary by-elections, and elections at various other levels, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the viral video, it is seen that “the election has been suspended,” as informed by EC’s Additional Secretary Ashok Kumar Debnath.

A keyword search revealed that EC’s Additional Secretary Ashok Kumar Debnath informed the media that the Returning Officer had suspended the elections of the Naogaon-2 constituency due to the death of independent candidate Aminul Haque.

Reports can be found here: The Daily Star, Prothom Alo.

In addition, the relevant candidates are actively campaigning for the 12th National Parliament Election scheduled to be held on January 7, 2024.

Conclusion

Therefore, the president has not announced any postponement of the election on January 7.

Result: False

Our Sources: 
Boishakhi TV, The Daily Star, Prothom Alo.


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