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Ducsu polls: Probe body formed to scrutinize irregularities

  • Published at 05:03 pm March 21st, 2019
File photo of Ducsu building Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Supernumerary Professor of Mathematics department Sazeda Banu has been made the head of the committee

Dhaka University (DU) authority on Thursday formed a seven member probe committee to scrutinize the allegations raised by the boycotting panels at the Dhaka University Central Student Union (Ducsu) polls and asked to submit the report within a week, said a DU press release.

Supernumerary Professor of Mathematics department Sazeda Banu has been made the head of the committee.

Other probe committee members are Science Faculty Dean Professor Emdadul Huq, Sir PJ Hartog International Hall provost Professor Mohiuddin, Economic Department Chairman Professor Shafiq Uzzaman, syndicate member Humayun Kabir, Professor Sharmin Rumi Ali and member secretary of the committee university assistant proctor Maksudur Rahman.

Of the 13 contesting panels, Pragatishil Chhatra Oikya, Bangladesh General Students' Rights Protection Council, Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal, Swatantra Jote, Chhatra Federation, Swadhikar Swatantra Prishad and Islami Shasantantra Chhatra Andolan announced boycott, midway through the polling, protesting at the alleged vote rigging by the ruling Awami League’s student body Bangladesh Chhatra League.

On March 12, four DU students, who took part in the March 11 Ducsu and hall union polls as independent candidates, went on hunger strike bringing the allegation of ballot stuffing and vote rigging.

They ended their hunger strike upon assurance by the authorities to make the Ducsu electoral process more transparent.

 Chhatra League-backed 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, the student wing of Bangladesh Awami League, won the full panel in most of the halls and secured 23 posts in the central union.

Bangladesh General Students' Rights Protection Council-backed candidate Nurul Haque Nur was elected Ducsu VP while Chhatra League panel-nominated Golam Rabbani won the general secretary post.

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