DUCSU polls tomorrow
The much-awaited Dhaka University Central Students Union (DUCSU) and hall unions' polls are going to be held tomorrow (Monday) after a long interval of over 28 years.
Dhaka university authorities and candidates were passing hectic time taking their last-minute preparation ahead of the polls before formal campaign came to an end on Saturday night as per the electoral code of conduct.
Meanwhile, Dhaka Metropolitan Police imposed a 24-hour restriction on the movement inside university campus for its DUCSU polls.
The restriction will come into effect from 6:00 pm on Sunday and will continue till 6:00 pm on Monday, said DMP Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia at a press briefing held at Shahbagh Police Station in the city on Saturday.
To ensure the restricted movement, check-posts will be set up at seven entry points of the campus, the DMC chief said.
He also said no one will be allowed into the campus with a vehicle or no vehicle without valid passes or ID cards provided by the university.
Even while moving here and there inside the campus, all teachers, students and staff of the university have to carry their valid ID cards, he said.
He further said patients of Dhaka Medical College and Hospital will have to move via Bakshibazar and Chankharpool.
Members of police and RAB will be on the election duty, he said, adding that all the voting centres during the DUCSU election will be brought under CCTV camera surveillance.
Meanwhile, all candidates were passing busy time for their last-minute campaign trying to convince students to cast their votes in their favour.
Independent candidate for general secretary post ARM Asifur Rahman revealed his 16-point manifesto.
His manifesto includes ensuring quality of all canteens' meal of dormitories, freedom of speech and work and better accommodation for student.
A total of 528 polling booths will be set up at the 18 dormitories of university for both DUCUS and hall union polls.
Sources said, 25 polling centers would be set up at Jagannath Hall, 30 at Dr Muhammad Shahidullah Hall and Haji Muhammad Mohsin Hall, 35 at Salimullah Muslim Hall, Surja Sen Hall and Fazlul Huq Muslim Hall, 22 at Zahurul Haq Hall and Muktijoddha Ziaur Rahman Hall, 50 at Ruqayyah Hall, 20 at Kabi Jasimuddin Hall and Amar Ekushey Hall, 16 at A.F. Rahman Hall, 24 at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Hall, 19 at Bangladesh-Kuwait Maitree Hall, 45 at Kabi Sufia Kamal Hall, 40 at Bijoy Ekattar Hall, 30 at Samsunnahar Hall and 20 at the Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib Hall.
House tutors and staffs of respective dormitory will act as polling agents at the polling booths while there will be no polling agents from candidates but if candidate would like to give polling agent then authority would be allowed agents from candidates at the time of counting ballots.
Only DU students will be able to use designated vehicles and outsiders have been asked to avoid DU areas till 10:00 pm and to use separate routes to commute on election-day.
In the DUCSU polls, 21 candidates would vie for the position of vice-president, 14 for general secretary and 13 for the assistant general secretary.
In the polls, 11 students are contesting for liberation war affairs secretary post, 9 for science and technology affairs secretary, 9 common room and cafeteria secretary, 13 for international affairs secretary, eight for literature secretary, 12 for cultural secretary, 11 for sports secretary post, 10 for student transport secretary, 15 for social welfare secretary and 88 for the position of members.
From Chhatra League panel Rezwanul Haque Chowdhury Shovon, Golam Rabbani and Saddam Hussain, from Chhatra Dal Mustafizur Rahman, Anisur Rahman and Khorshed Alam Sohel, from left alliance Liton Nandi, Faysal Mahmud and Sadekul Islam will compete for VP, GS and AGS posts respectively.
From Bangladesh Students Rights Protection Council, the platform which launched quota reform movement, Nurul Huq Nur, Rashed Khan and Faruk Hussain, from Independent alliance Auroni Semonti Khan, Shafi Abdullah and Amit Paramanik will vie for VP, GS and AGS posts respectively.
Independent candidate also Dhaka University Journalists Association president ARM Asifur Rahman, Bangladesh Chhatra Federation's Dhaka University chapter President Umme Habiba Benozir will compete for central general secretary post while from Sadhikar Satantro Jote, an independent platform, Abu Raihan Khan for central Assistant General Secretary post.
Meanwhile, 36 candidates including 3 assistance general secretaries won the hall unions polls of 18 dormitories of the university uncontested, said Chief Returning Officer SM Mahfuzur Rahman.
Meanwhile, activists of Progressive Student's Alliance (PSA) chased out activists of Jatiya Chhatra Samaj, a student wing of Jatiya Party, at noon leaving at least five students injured.
The wounded students took primary treatment from different medical centers, claimed Mamun Fakir who will contest at DUCSU poll for General Secretary Post.
Eyewitness said when the activists and leaders of Jatiyo Chhatra Samaj bought out procession in Modhur Canteen area they were driven out of the campus.
After that, the alliance of left-leaning organizations brought out a procession on the campus. They said, "Chhatra Samaj has been banned by University's Environment Council (Paribesh Parisad)".