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12:00 AM, March 07, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:43 AM, March 07, 2019

Ducsu Polls

Code of conduct violations galore

Bangladesh Chhatra League, the pro-Awami League student organisation, yet again violated the code of conduct for Dhaka University Central Students' Union (Ducsu) and hall union polls slated for March 11.

They held a projection meeting yesterday on a stage set up at the base of Aparajeyo Bangla and announced their manifesto at the event.

As per Section 7 of code of conduct, any candidate or any student organisation on their behalf cannot construct any gate, circle office, camp, pandal or set up any stage and illuminate any infrastructure.

But assistant general secretary nominee from BCL panel, Saddam Hussain, claimed it was not a stage.

“It was a platform. It would be a bit higher if it were a stage. We held the meeting with permission from the chief returning officer,” he said.

Only the BCL-majority panel, Sammilito Shikkharthi Sangsad, announced a full-fledged panel for the Ducsu (25 posts) and hall union (13 posts in each) polls. Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal, leftist students' organisations and the quota reformists could not announce full-fledged panels for the hall union polls. 

As BCL President Rezwanul Haque Chowdhury officially introduced their panel members and sought vote for them, literature affairs secretary contender Mazharul Kabir Shoyon alleged that the quota reformists are trying to implement their political agenda through participating in the polls.

“They (quota reform activists) had earlier said they would dissolve their platform once their demands are realised, but they did not do that,” Mazharul added.

During electioneering, one cannot give any provocative speech that defames any person or organisation, is gender insensitive, or hurts religious belief. Spreading rumour is also prohibited. 

GS contender of the panel, Golam Rabbani, presented their manifesto in which they pledged to formulate a complete outline of a residential university, allocate seats to students from first year, reconsider the decision of affiliating seven colleges of Dhaka with the university, and run evening courses.

Vice president contender of BCL, Rezwanul Haque, campaigned on Tuesday with outsiders, which is also a violation of Section 4(Ga) of the code of conduct.

Violating Section 6(Ka) and (Kha) of the code, posters of Tanbir Hasan Shaikat, a member nominee from BCL, were put up on the walls of Zahurul Haq Hall and Sir AF Rahman Hall.

Some Chhatra League men from different halls were also seen electioneering in the classrooms of Business Studies faculty. Campaigning inside classrooms is not allowed, reads Section 5(Cha) of the code of conduct.

Aspirants from other student organisations also allegedly violated electoral code of conduct during electioneering.

Witnesses said a colourful procession, accompanied by musical instruments, was brought out on the campus led by Liton Nandi, general secretary of Bangladesh Chhatra Union and candidate for the post of vice president, on Tuesday.

According to the Section 3(Ka), any competent contender or others on behalf of the candidate cannot bring out a rally, showdown or procession using vehicle, motorcycle, rickshaw, elephant or band party while conducting electioneering.

Rejecting the allegation, Liton said, “It was not a band party. It was our musical procession. One of our activists used drums as part of the procession.”

Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal and quota reformists also allegedly violated Section 4(Ga) of the electoral code of conduct as non-students joined their election campaign.

Asked about the allegations, DU Proctor Prof AKM Golam Rabbani said they would take action upon receiving complaint containing valid proof.

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