Dhaka University (DU) authorities have announced that the Senate registered graduate representatives election would be held in January next year at three centres in Dhaka and 42 across the country.
A DU press release on Thursday said the elections on January 6 and January 13 would be held in 29 and 13 centres, respectively, outside the capital. The January 20 one would be held at three centres in the university.
Aspirants will be able to collect nomination forms from the DU administrative building between November 6 and 20 at the cost of Tk100. Nomination papers will have to be submitted to the university registrar by 4pm on November 20.
The candidates can withdraw nominations through a written letter by 1pm on November 29.
The press release said voters will have to show and submit their voter identity cards to the polling officers while casting their votes on the day of the ballot.
They will be able to collect the voter ID cards from the administrative building as well between November 15 and December 7.
In the last election on 2013, ruling Awami League-backed registered graduates’ panel Gonotantrik Oikya Parishad had bagged 18 seats and opposition BNP-endorsed Jatiyatabadi Parishad got seven seats.
On July 24 this year, several teachers and registered graduates, including Prof Sadeka Halim, Prof AKM Golam Rabbani and Prof Harunur Rashid Khan, filed a petition with the High Court against the convening of the DU Senate meeting for finalising vice-chancellor (VC) recommendations without first nominating or electing representatives from registered graduates.
The High Court on October 10 declared the DU panel of VC candidates illegal and ordered the university authorities to take necessary steps to form the senate properly within the next six months.