Burial of electoral power | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, March 24, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, March 24, 2019

Burial of electoral power

Ducsu election took place on March 11, 2019 after about three decades. People from all walks of life were eagerly looking forward to the election. All those involved with organising the poll were well-educated, established professionals and academicians; we thought they possessed a certain level of wisdom, ethics and integrity. But our expectations were dashed. We again experienced some ridiculous examples of vote rigging, ballot stuffing, sealing of ballot paper beforehand and enforced voting for a particular party's panel. It was the same drama of the general election of December 30, 2018 that was replayed on a different stage. The students who directly or indirectly worked for panels other than the winning panel were marked, and their future in the campus will not be easy. Altogether, Ducsu had given us some hope after a long time, but it ended with lots of overwhelming questions about our future leadership and the future of democratic practice.

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