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Duscu polls: Setting up polling booths outside halls

  • Published at 01:35 am February 1st, 2019
Progressive Student Alliance
Progressive Student Alliance leaders speak at a press conference at the Madhur canteen on Thursday Dhaka Tribune

Progressive Student Alliance rally on Sunday

The Progressive Student Alliance has announced to holding demonstrations on the campus on Sunday demanding the installation of polling stations outside the halls.

Terming the decision of fixing age limit at 30 for the Central Student’s Union (DUCSU) and hall union polls as undemocratic, the organization  alleged that without paying heed to their proposals, the Dhaka University (DU) committee on the Ducsu constitution amendment had submitted its recommendations with no fundamental changes to the charter.

The authority has given priority to the recommendations of ruling party's student wing over the decision of setting polling centres inside the dormitories for the polls scheduled to be held on March 11, after reaming defunct for 28 years, they said.

The left leaning student body alliance came up with these remarks while speaking in a press conference at Madhur Canteen of the University on Thursday, reports UNB.

Some student leaders sought changes to candidacy requirements for the election, allowing participation of students from MPhil, PhD and evening courses.

Convener of the ally, also General Secretary of Socialist Students front (SSF) Rashed Shahriar read out the written statement at the press conference.

He said: “How the authority ignored maximum student body recommendations in the syndicate meeting is completely undemocratic."

"In the amended constitution, the syndicate didn’t keep the rule of being voters. They also fixed candidates age limit 30 for the polls severely violating the norm."

“From the decision it is obvious that they are promoting their occupancy culture. The existing environment in the campus and dormitories does not allow students to cast their vote without fear,” leaders added.

Chhatra Union General Secretary Liton Nandi said: "Imposing restriction to campaign in classrooms in the electoral code of conduct is illogical as the classroom is the key place in the University for campaigning."

President of the Bangladesh Chhatra Union Zilani Shuvo, President of the Socialist Student Front Imran Habib, president of the Bangladesh Chhatra Federation Golam Mostafa and Biplabi Chhatra Maitri (Revolutionary Students' Unity) Vice-President Sadekul Islam Sohel among others, were present in the press conference.

Earlier on January 29, the DU authority fixed a uniform age limit 30 for the candidates of the Ducsu and hall union polls, and decided that the polling centres will be set up in the respective halls, from a syndicate meeting of the university, with vice-chancellor Prof Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman in the chair.

Soon after the decision almost all the university’s active organizations except the Bangladesh Chhatra League led Chhatra Sangram Parishad have been protesting the decision of authority to set polling centres inside the halls.