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Probe committee finds no irregularities in Ducsu polls

  • Published at 11:47 pm May 30th, 2019
File photo of the Ducsu office building on Dhaka University campus Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

The probe committee however, made some recommendations in response to the allegations which will be considered in future

The Dhaka University (DU) authorities have not found any proof of irregularities in the recently held Dhaka University Central Students' Union (Ducsu) polls.

The March 11 Ducsu polls was marred by allegations of attacks on contestants, ballot stuffing, obstacles in the queues and administrative failure.

The DU probe body, formed to investigate these allegations, headed by Supernumerary Prof of Mathematics Department Sazeda Banu, submitted their report in a syndicate meeting held on Wednesday night.

The meeting was chaired by DU Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof Md Akhtaruzzaman.

During the meeting, DU Pro VC (administration) Prof Muhammad Samad said that they did not find any mentionable authenticity of the allegations that were raised centring the polls.

However, the probe committee has made some recommendations in response to the allegations which will help to avoid such situations in the future.

Despite the probe body stating they have not found any irregularities regarding the polls, Shabnam Jahan, the then provost of Kuwait Maitree Hall, was relieved of her academic duties in connection with the incident of recovering stamped ballots in one of the rooms of the hall.

Earlier on March 21, Dhaka University authorities formed a seven-member probe body to investigation the allegations made during the Ducsu polls.

Supernumerary Prof of Mathematics Department Sazeda Banu, was made head of the committee asking to submit the probe report within seven working days but the schedule later was extended. 

In the 11 March Ducsu and hall union polls, Chhatra League, the student wing of the ruling Awami League, won the full panel in most of the halls and secured 23 posts in the central union.

Bangladesh General Students' Rights Protection Council-backed candidate Nurul Haq Nur was elected Ducsu vice president (VP) while Chhatra League panel-nominated Golam Rabbani won general secretary (GS) post.

Ducsu gets Tk1.89 core budget

A budget of Tk1.89 crore for the 2019-20 fiscal year has been approved during the Ducus's executive meeting held on Thursday. 

Also during the meeting the Ducsu representatives unanimously approved the notion of making Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina a lifetime member of Ducsu.

Ducsu GS Golam Rabbani confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune.

The Ducsu body further with the consent of all, accepted the condemnation proposal on the incident of tearing apart of the lifetime membership memorandum of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on 2nd January 1973, and adjudged in the next executive meeting.

The other decisions taken in the meeting are: take all necessary steps to introduce health insurance to the students of all departments; organize a policy dialogue after Eid-ul-Fitr to define the fare for public transport and rickshaw inside campus.

However, Ducsu Vice President (VP) Nurul Haque Nur could not be reached for any comments regarding Thursday's meeting.