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Ducsu, hall union polls schedule to be announced Monday

  • Published at 08:06 pm February 10th, 2019
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File photo of the Ducsu office building on Dhaka University campus Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Earlier, DU authorities had fixed 30 as a common age limit for the candidates

The Dhaka University (DU) authorities will announce the schedule of DU Central Students' Union (Ducsu) and hall union elections on Monday.

The polls’ Chief Returning Officer Prof SM Mahfuzur Rahman will officially announce the schedule at Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban auditorium at 10:30am, according to a press release issued by DU’s Public Relations Office on Sunday evening.

Prior to this, on January 23, DU authorities had announced that the elections would be held on March 11 and voting booths would be set up inside the dormitories, while fixing 30 as a common age limit for the candidates.

Though the last two decisions drew much criticism, different campus-based student organizations had called for setting up the polling centres in the academic buildings over “security concerns.”

But the authorities did not change its decision.

Ahead of the polls, authorities have also asked all non-students and outsiders to vacate its halls and asked to renew their ID cards.

Ducsu was formed a year after Dhaka University was established in 1921. Dhaka University's student leaders were at the forefront of the Language Movement and the Independence Movement. Though Ducsu elections are to be held every year, there have only been six since independence.

The last Ducsu election was held on June 6, 1990.  Since then, there have been eight vice-chancellors, but none of them saw the Ducsu polls were held.

On January 17 of this year, the High Court settled a six-year-old rule on the issue, ordering Ducsu elections to be held within six months.