Mixed reactions over DUCSU schedule
The schedule for long-awaited central Student Union election of Dhaka University (DUCSU) drew mixed reactions among the university-based students organizations.
Although, the ruling party student wing Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) welcomed the schedule while BNP-backed student organization Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) accompanied by left-leaning students bodies and the quota reformists were disgruntled at this announcement.
All students’ bodies except BCL sought setting up of polling centers outside dormitory as well as co-existence atmosphere among students’ bodies on campus before announcing schedule. But authority is yet to ensure such amiable environment for holding a participatory and fair election.
Moreover, Dhaka University (DU) authority on Monday announced the polls schedule mentioning halls as polling centers and asked students to cast their votes in respective dorms showing valid identification card.
As a consequence, all students’ bodies except BCL warned the authority of tougher movement if the authority does not change their decision as early as possible.
Chief returning officer of the DUCSU polls Prof SM Mahfuzur Rahman declared the schedule at Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban auditorium on Monday morning.
According to the schedule, Nomination paper will be distributed between February 19 and 25 and the deadline of submitting nomination papers is fixed on February 26.
The scrutiny process of the nomination papers by the returning officers would be done by February 26. The primary list of candidates will be published on February 27.
The deadline for withdrawing nominations is fixed on March 2 and the final list of candidates contesting in the polls will be published on March 3. Voting will take place for 25 DUCSU posts on March 11 from 8am to 2pm, and results will be announced on the same day.
A draft voter list for the DUCSU polls was revealed already on the notice boards of the respective halls and on the university website.
Complaints and correction requests for the voter list can be submitted in written to the chief returning officers within February 18, and the final voter list will be published on February 20.
The DUCSU executive committee posts are: President (vice-chancellor), Treasurer (a DU teacher nominated by the VC), Vice-President (VP), General Secretary (GS), Assistant General Secretary (AGS), Common Room and Cafeteria Secretary, Liberation War affairs Secretary, Literature Secretary, Social Service Secretary, Library Secretary, Sports Secretary, Cultural Secretary, International Affairs Secretary, Students Transport Secretary and 13 executive members.
In this regard, JCD DU unit president Al Mahdi Talukder said, “We rejected the schedule as the authority announced it ignoring all of our demands. We will talk with them regarding this matter on Tuesday. If they do not heed to our words, we will go for strict movement.
Bangladesh Chhatra Union (BSU) general Secretary Liton Nandi echoed same words saying, “We are very much anxious about a fair election. There have raised many questions over fair election as authority utterly refused students demands. We will continue our protest for meeting our demands of setting polling stations outside the halls,” he added.
Join Convener of Bangladesh General Students’ Rights Protection Forum Nurul Haq Nur called upon the authority to accept students demands immediately and take over the control of campus from BCL in order to ensure fair election.
He said, they will express their solidarity with any students bodies to wage movement on varsity campus in this regard.
In contrast, welcoming the schedule, BCL DU unit General Secretary Saddam Hussein said that expressing honor to the general students’ desire, we welcomed the polls schedule as they would like to cast vote for their favourite ones.