The Dhaka University (DU) authorities will announce the schedule of DUCSU election and its hall unions poll today.Chief Returning Officer of DUCSU election Prof S M Mahfuzur Rahman will officially announce the poll schedule at Nawab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban auditorium at 10:30 am, said a press release on Sunday evening issued from University's public relation office.
Prior to this, on January 23, DU authority announced 11th March as election date and fixed a common age limit 30 for the candidates declaring election centers will be set up inside the dormitories.
Though the authority's decision of fixing age limit 30 for candidates and setting polling stations inside the halls drew huge agitation at the campus as most of the organizations asked to set polling centers in academic buildings over "security concern", the authority didn't change its decision.
Meanwhile, on February 07 after a long beak of nine years Bangladesh national party (BNP) backed student wing Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) staged rally at the campus and called upon the authorities to postpone DUCSU election for three months and to create a congenial atmosphere after submitting a memorandum to the VC in this regard.
Ahead of the polls the authority have also asked all non-students and outsiders to vacate its halls through notice in respective halls and asked to renew their ID card.
DUCSU was formed a year after Dhaka University was established in 1921. Dhaka University's student leaders were at the forefront of the Language Movement and the Independence Movement. Though DUCSU elections are to be held every year, there have only been six since independence.
The last DUCSU election was held in June 6, 1990. The election was held 36 times after its inception during the 1922-1923 session. But, the student parliament election came to a halt after the fall of HM Ershad's dictatorship in 1990.After the fall of Ershad, eight vice-chancellors came and went, but no DUCSU election was held.
---Mohiuddin Mahi, AA
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