The elections to the Dhaka University Central Students Union (DUCSU) being held today should inaugurate a new era of positive and constructive student engagement in the activities of the nation's premier educational institution. We have earlier expressed our serious reservations over the university authorities' decision to impose a ban on live coverage of the voting.
We reiterate our position, which we think is shared by people believing in democratic transparency, that such restrictions raise grave questions in the public mind about the fairness of the elections and that the DU administration yet has time to reverse its decision.
The DUCSU elections are taking place nearly three decades after the last one, which is rather embarrassing not only for the university but for national politics as a whole. Conditions should not have developed in such a manner for the simple reason that students' welfare has in the past been one of the responsibilities of the DU students' body.
Besides, with students of the university having in the past been in the forefront of all democratic movements in the country, it should have been for everyone --- political leaders, university administration and others --- to keep the wheels of DUCSU moving. So many years should not have been lost, but now that the elections are finally taking place, we will hope that the momentum will be sustained in the years ahead.
The elections today will be a pointer to the future for Dhaka University as also for all other universities in the country. Let the voting be fair and let it not be said by anyone that questionable means were adopted during the voting exercise. All student bodies must be guaranteed equal opportunities to observe the vote counting in order for proper results to be arrived at.
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