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Ducsu polls: Student bodies ready to announce panels

  • Published at 07:22 am February 24th, 2019
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File photo of Ducsu building Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

The student front is likely announce the panel on February 25, the deadline of collecting nomination forms

Ruling Awami League backed student front Bangladesh Chhatra League is almost prepared to announce their panel for the Dhaka University Central Students’ Union (Ducsu) and hall union polls.

The student front is likely announce the panel on February 25, the deadline of collecting nomination forms. 

Meanwhile, Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal – student wing of BNP – began distributing nomination forms on Saturday, while defying the age limit stipulated by the university authorities.

Left leaning student organizations and quota reformists are likely to announce individual panels on Sunday, February 24.

Chhatra League’s preparation

Chhatra League Central unit President Rezwanul Haque Chowdhury Shovon said: “We have prepared a draft list of our own panel and are ready to announce it on February 25.”

Former leaders of the Chhatra League Hall committee have become desperate to vie for the Ducsu and hall union polls. Expecting nominations from Chhatra League, some female leaders of different hall units allegedly confined the organization’s central president Rezwanul to the university’s Madhur Canteen on Saturday. 

Eyewitnesses said they had wanted to know if they were included in Chhatra League’s panel or not.

Sources said the names of Bangladesh Chhatra League central President Shovon, General Secretary Golam Rabbani, and DU unit General Secretary Md Saddam Hussain may be announced on the panel for the Ducsu election.  

Chhatra Dal starts distributing nomination papers 

Jatiyatabadi Chatra Dal began distributing nomination papers at the party’s Naya Paltan central office on Saturday, while defying the age limit for the upcoming polls. 

At Madhur Canteen, Chhatra Dal DU unit president Al Mehedi Talukder said: “We are ready to participate in the election, although our demands have not been met.”

 “We are distributing the nomination forms according to our demands. We hope the age limit won’t be a factor,” he added.

BNP Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, Publicity Affairs Secretary Shahid Uddin Chowdhury Annie, Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) President Rajib Ahsan, and other JCD leaders and activists were present when nomination form distribution began.

Leftists, quota reformists to announce panel Sunday

The Progressive Students’ Alliance and Anti-imperialism Students’ Unity, two allies of left leaning student bodies, are likely to announce their combined panel on Sunday. 

Ally Bangladesh Chhatra Union’s Central unit General Secretary Liton Nandi said: “We are almost done with our preparations and we will announce the panel on Sunday morning.”

The Bangladesh General Students’ Rights Protection Council (BGSRPC) – which led the quota reform movement across the country last year – is also set to announce their independent panel on Sunday.

Convener of the platform Hasan Al Mamun said: “We are on our way to finalizing the full panel and will announce it [on Sunday].”   

Distribution of nomination forms, which are free of cost, started on February 19 and will end on February 25. Nominations have to be submitted on February 26, from 9am-12pm. Forms have to be collected and submitted to the respective halls of the candidates.

The long awaited Ducsu and hall union polls of Dhaka University are scheduled to take place on March 11.

The last elections were held on June 6, 1990.

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