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POST TIME: 7 March, 2019 00:00 00 AM
DUCSU ELECTION
Aspirants blame each other for code violations
BSS, Dhaka

Aspirants blame each other for code violations

Aspirants from different student organisations are allegedly conducting their electioneering for the Dhaka University Central Students’ Union (DUCSU) polls violating the code of conduct.

Rival candidates alleged that Chhatra Union leaders and activists violated the section 3(A) of DUCSU electoral code of conduct 2019, by using a band party in their election campaign.

As per section 3(A) any competent contender or others on behalf of the candidate cannot bring out a rally, showdown or procession using vehicle, motorcycles, rickshaws, elephants or band party while electioneering.

President of Dhaka University (DU) unit Bangladesh Chhatra League Sanjit Chandra Das said that Vice President (VP) candidate from Chhatra Union, General Secretary Liton Nandi violated the code by using a band party in his campaign.

“We have filed a written complaint to the Chief Election Commissioner of DUCSU SM Mahfuzur Rahman on Tuesday against

Liton as he violated section 3(A),” Sanjit

told BSS.

Talking about the issue, DUCSU VP candidate from Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) panel Mostafizur Rahman said, “DU administration has every right to take necessary steps if any candidate violates any section of the DUCSU code of conduct.”

Sources said a colourful procession accompanied with the playing of musical instruments was brought out on the campus led by Liton Nandi. Rejecting the allegation, Liton said, “It was not a band party. It was mainly our musical procession. One of our activists used drums as part of the colourful procession.”

 “Those who raised the allegations, usually are the ones violating rules. Chhatra League leaders violated the codes by plastering colourful posters of their VP candidate Shovon inside and outside the halls,” said Liton.

Regarding the allegation, Chhatra League President Sanjit said that some outsiders and over-enthusiastic people put up the posters to make BCL controversial.

JCD and quota reform movement activists under the banner of ‘Bangladesh Shadharan Chhatra Odhikar Sangrakkhan Parishad’ allegedly violated section 4(C) of DUCSU code as non-students join in their election campaign.

Section 4(C) states, “None but the aspirants and voters of DUCSU and hall union polls can join in campaign on the campus area.”

When contacted, DU Proctor Prof AKM Golam Rabbani said that the code of conduct is applicable for all and DU authority is holding the election based on the DUCSU constitution and the electoral code.

“No aspirant should put his candidature at risk by violating the DUCSU code of conduct,” Prof Rabbani told BSS.

On Tuesday, the third day of electioneering, candidates from Chhatra League, the platform that spearheaded the quota reform movement; Pro-BNP JCD; leftist bodies as well as independent candidates were seen campaigning at different places of the campus. They are trying to woo general students with their electoral pledges. All are promising to ensure a better campus free from all forms of conflict.