The tenure of Dhaka University Central Students’ Union tenure expired on Monday after an extended period of 90 days but authorities said they have no immediate plan to declare the schedule for the next elections.
DUCSU vice-president Nurul Haque Nur and general secretary Golam Rabbani said they want to continue in the office until the next elections though most other office bearers, including assistant general secretary Saddam Hossain, announced their resignations from their respective posts through social media.
Dhaka University vice-chancellor professor Aktaruzzaman said that more discussion among the stakeholders was needed to announce the schedule of the next elections but it was not possible due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The current office bearers of DUCSU took office on March 23, 2019.
Bangladesh Chhatra League candidates won 23 posts including that of general secretary and assistant general secretary out of 25 posts while two candidates of Sadharan Chhatra Adhikar Sangrakshan Parishad won the posts of vice-president and social welfare affairs secretary in DUCSU elections, held on March 11, 2019.
The elections, held after almost three decades, were marred by widespread allegations of irregularities.
According to section 6(c) of DUCSU constitution, the elected body would hold offices for 365 days and in case the elections could not be held in time, the elected body could continue for a further period not exceeding 90 days and after that the union would dissolve automatically.
VP Nur, who was elected from Sadharan Chhatra Adhikar Sangrakshan Parishad, said due to ongoing Covid-19 crisis they could not continue their activities in the last three months so they wanted to continue until next election.
‘We want to continue until the situation gets normal since we did not get a chance to do anything for the last three months as the university remained closed due to coronavirus pandemic,’ he told New Age.
GS Golam Rabbani, elected from the panel of Chhatra League, echoed the same and ‘Tk 90 lakh is unused in DUCSU fund right now. We want to spend this money to help the students,’ he said.
‘We have raised a fund for the students during this Covid-19 crisis. We want to extend this support until the situation becomes normal. So we should be given a chance up to then. We will discuss with the ex-officio president of DUCSU, who is also the VC,’ Rabbani added.
However, DUCSU assistant general secretary Saddam said that ‘It is immoral and undemocratic to hold the offices violating the constitution. University students will not accept such undemocratic gesture as they practice democracy.’
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