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All panels except Chhatra League boycott Ducsu polls

  • Published at 01:40 pm March 11th, 2019
Five panels have boycotted the Dhaka University Central Students' Union (Ducsu) at a press conference in Madhur canteen on March 11, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

Panels demanded fresh polls and announced to boycott classes from tomorrow

All panels, except Bangladesh Chhatra League, have boycotted the Dhaka University Central Students' Union (Ducsu) and hall union elections, citing vote rigging and irregularities.

The major panels are Chhatra Federation, Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal, Independent, Swadhikar, Progressive and Quota.

Liton Nandi, vice presidential candidate, and also Left panel leader, made the announcement at a press conference around 1pm, in Madhur canteen, on Monday.
Among others, Independent candidate Arani Semonti, was also present at the press conference.

Left Panel Leader Liton Nandi said: “The polls are not fair as balloting is taking place in halls. We demand the voting occur in academic buildings.”

We also demand a fresh election be held, with a reformed election commission, a guarantee of fair polls, and security, he added. 

Students of the Left panel and Chhatra Dal have gathered in front of the residence of the Dhaka University vice-chancellor to place their demand for fresh polls.

Students chanted slogans against the Vice Chancellor and demanded he resign. 

Students have also announced that they will boycott tomorrow’s classes.   

The Ducsu polls began around 8am on Monday and will continue till 2pm.

Liton was reportedly attacked by Chhatra League at Mohsin Hall at 11am.

Nurul Huq Nur, vice presidential candidate for the ongoing Ducsu polls, and also Quota Reform panel leader, has also reportedly been attacked at Dhaka University.

The incident occurred at the university’s Rokeya Hall on Monday afternoon.

Voting at Rokeya Hall was suspended at 11 am. 

Voting in the Ducsu polls at Dhaka University's Bangladesh-Kuwait Maitree Hall has resumed; nearly an hour after its suspension.

According to the university's authorities, the voting will be held from 11:10am to 5:10pm.

Following the matter, Dhaka University (DU) authorities suspended acting provost, Dr Sabnam Jahan, of Bangladesh-Kuwait Maitree Hall over the alleged irregularities.

Chief Retuning Officer Prof Mahfuzur Rahman told the Dhaka Tribune: "Our students have recovered ballot boxes with precast ballot papers. We have found evidence of vote rigging."