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DUCSU polls on Mar 11 after 28 years

Published : Tuesday, 12 February, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 657

Dhaka University students parade campus hailing decision on DUCSU polls on Monday.	photo: Observer

Dhaka University students parade campus hailing decision on DUCSU polls on Monday. photo: Observer

The elections to Dhaka University Central Students' Union (DUCSU) and its hall unions for 25 posts will be held on March 11.
Chief Returning Officer Prof Mahfuzur Rahman announced the election schedule at 10:40am at Nawab Nabab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban on Monday.
According to the schedule, voting will begin at 8:00am and continue until 2:00pm inside the residential halls of the university. The nomination papers will be distributed from February 19 to February 25 and last date for submission of nomination papers is February 26.
The withdrawal of candidature is March 2 while the final list of candidates will be published on March 3.
Hours after announcement of the poll schedule, the DU authorities published the daft voter list. The authorities will publish the final voter list on February 20 after necessary correction and the supplementary voter on March 5.
The poll schedule was announced amid disagreement over setting up of polling booths. Chhatra League welcomed the decision to set up the polling centers inside the student dormitories while Chhatra Dal and left-leaning student organisations demanded the polling centers to be set up at the academic buildings.
Students can cast their votes in the elections to DUCSU and hall unions at their respective halls on March 11
after presenting their student identity card.
The last election to DUCSU was held on July 6, 1990. In the last 28 years, the students of the university students could not cast their votes for electing their representatives as the election process remained closed due to various reasons.
The DU authorities have announced the poll schedule following a high Court order. On January 17, 2018, the High Court asked the Dhaka University authorities to take necessary steps to hold DUCSU elections within six months. As per order of the High Court, the authorities published a draft voter list on November 1, 2018,  
On January 6 this year, the Supreme Court vacated its earlier order that stayed a High Court order.

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