Will DUCSU polls see the light of day this time?

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Staff Reporter:

The last election of Dhaka University Central Student Union (DUCSU) was held on July 6, 1990. In last 28 years Dhaka University (DU) students couldn’t cast their vote for selecting their representatives as the election process was closed.

For a long time, student organizations especially left-leaning student organizations and general students under different banner have been raising voices for holding Ducsu poll. But the relevant authority didn’t take any necessary steps to fulfill their demand.

On Jan 17, 2018 the High Court ordered Dhaka University authorities to take steps to organize DUCSU elections in six months.

In this situation on Feb 27, the Dhaka University authority at its syndicate meeting decided to hold DUCSU election by March, 2019. Chaired by DU Vice-Chancellor (VC) Prof Dr. Md. Akhtaruzzaman, the meeting also asked the provost of all residential halls to prepare a list of voters by May 31 of this year.

Contacted Vice-chancellor of DU Prof. Akhtaruzzaman told UNB, “We are working for holding a participatory election. Already all hall provosts are starting preparations for voter list. Very soon we will sit with all progressive student organizations.”

“We have to bear in mind it’s a long and complex process. As in the last 28 years, the election was not held, we have to start everything from beginning. We should also mind that centering this election no one can destabilize the university,” he added.

Previously at least seven times DU authority announced date for holding Ducsu election. But every time they failed to hold the election. After the announcement of possible date of polls student organization leaders are newly discussing the matter. They are expecting a fair and acceptable election participated by all organizations.

Nazrul Islam Nahid, Vice- president of Bangladesh Jatiotabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) DU Unit said, “We welcome the announcement of Ducsu elections. But before the election, authority must create democratic environment in the campus. Otherwise it’s not possible to hold a participatory and inclusive election.”

“Now our leaders and activists can’t go to the campus. If this situation will continue how can we expect participatory poll? But we are always ready for election and to face any situation. General students support us if they will get to cast their vote freely,” he added.

Bangladesh Chhatra Union general secretary Liton Nandi told UNB, “The High Court has ordered for holding Ducsu election within six month. As fas as I know university authority didn’t send any notice to the court for increasing time. Without informing court they can’t extend time, it would be disobeying high court order. If they need more than six months, they can formally apply for increasing time,” he added.

Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) general secretary SM Jakir Hossain told UNB, “From the beginning we are demanding Ducsu poll. Even we gave a memorandum to DU VC for taking steps to hold election. We are hopeful that general students elect us, because we always look after their demands and try to solve their problems.”

Asked about the election environment, he said, “BCL will help the university authority for remaining peaceful environment at campus. Almost all organizations including left organizations are on campus.”unb

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