Vice-chancellor professor M Abdus Sobhan-backed panel swept the elections of the steering committee of Rajshahi University pro-Awami League-progressive teachers’ society.
The VC-backed panel bagged all but three posts including that of convener while former vice-chancellor professor Muhammad Mizanuddin backed panel got two posts of general members.
The rest of the teachers’ panel got one post.
The day-long elections were held at the university teachers’ club, where a total of 664 teachers of pro-AL teachers’ organisation Muktijuddher Cetona O Mullobodhe Biswashi Shikkhok Somaj cast their votes.
The outgoing convener of the society, professor M MD Zulfikar Ali, conducted the polls as the election commissioner.
Professor M Mozibur Rahman of physics department was elected as convener from the VC panel, bagging 220 votes while his rivals professor Md Sultan-ul-Islam Tipu of former VC panel and professor Md Habibur Rahman from other group got 179 and 120 votes respectively.
Meanwhile, the former VC and general teachers’ panels alleged that the election was not held in a fair manner and termed it as ‘university administration-influenced election’.
‘Today’s election was completely influenced by the university administration. The current administration forcibly made our young teachers cast their votes for its candidate, which was clearly a violation of electoral code’, said professor Habibur Rahman.
Professor Md Sultan-ul-Islam Tipu echoed professor Habibur Rahman, saying that the university administration had been putting pressure on the teachers of the society since the election scheduled was declared, violating the poll code rules.
He also alleged that the election commissioner did not pay any heed to their allegations.
Earlier on Wednesday night, professor Habibur Rahman and professor Md Sultan-ul-Islam Tipu submitted separate applications to the election commissioner, demanding ban on entering at the vote centre with mobile phones or cameras.
They alleged that the current administration was threatening the young teachers to cast votes for its candidate and take a picture of it as a proof.
However, election commissioner M MD Zulfikar Ali said that the election was held in a fair manner and the allegations of the two panels were not right.
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