No irregularities in DUCSU polls, finds DU probe

DU Correspondent | Published: 00:00, May 31,2019


The Dhaka University authorities did not find any proof of irregularities in the Dhaka University Central Students’ Union election held on March 11 and marred by allegations of attacks on contestants, ballot stuffing, obstacles in the queues and administrative failure.
The probe body, formed to investigate allegations of irregularities, submitted their report in a syndicate meeting held on Wednesday night with the university vice-chancellor M Akhtaruzzaman in the chair.
Pro- vice-chancellor (administration) Muhammad Samad said that they did not find any mentionable authenticity of the allegations those were raised during the polls.
He said that the investigation committee gave some recommendation in light of the allegations and those recommendations would be considered in future but they did not find any considerable irregularity taken place in the election.
On March 21, Dhaka University authorities formed a seven-member probe body to scrutinise the allegations raised by the panels those had announce boycott of the polls.
The panel headed by mathematics department supernumerary professor Sazeda Banu was asked to submit reports in seven working days but the deadline was extended later.
Other probe committee members were science faculty dean Emdadul Huq, Sir PJ Hartog International Hall provost Mohiuddin, economics department chairman Shafiq Uzzaman, syndicate member Humayun Kabir, and Sharmin Rumi Ali, University’s assistant proctor Maksudur Rahman was its member secretary.
Of the 13 contesting panels, Pragatishil Chhatra Oikya, Sadharan Chhatra Adhikar Sangrakshan Parishad, Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal, Swatantra Jote, Chhatra Federation, Swadhikar Swatantra Prishad and Islami Shasantantra Chhatra Andolan announced boycotting the polls midway protesting at the alleged vote rigging by the ruling Awami League’s student body Bangladesh Chhatra League.
Though the probe body did not find any irregularities, then provost of Bangladesh-Kuwait Maitree hall, Shabnam Jahan, was relieved of academic duties in connection with the incident of recovering stamped ballots.
In the election, Chhatra League put its activists, mostly junior resident students, in queues in front of polling stations at the halls about two hours before the polling.
Although the university transports carried non-resident students to the campus in time, jamming the queues by Chhatra League activists delayed the non-resident students to cast their vote, witnesses said.
Resident students of Bangladesh-Kuwait Maitree Hall alleged that while waiting in the queue, some of their hall mates found full-sack stuffed ballots inside a washroom of the hall at about 8:20am.
Ruqayyah Hall students also discovered hidden ballot boxes and ballots at the hall union office which led hour-long chaos on the hall premises.
Chhatra League-nominated Sammilita Shikkharthi Parishad panel swept the DUCSU polls securing all the posts of its 25-member executive committee except the VP and social services secretary positions.
In the 11 March DUCSU and hall union polls, Chhatra League won full panel in most of the halls and secured 23 posts in the central union.
Bangladesh General Students’ Rights Protection Council-backed candidate Nurul Haq Nur was elected DUCSU vice-president while Chhatra League nominated Golam Rabbani won general secretary post.

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