Dhaka – Candidates filed by different student organizations, excepting the ruling Awami League’s student front, have boycotted the Dhaka University Central Students’ Union election citing that the election was intimidated.
Independent candidates on Monday also pulled them out of the fray on the halfway of the voting, which began in the morning amid tight security on the Dhaka University campus.
“We have rejected the farcical election,” said Liton Nandi, a leader of the left-leaning student organization, at a press conference at the university’s Madhu’s canteen.
The student organizations like Progotishil Bam Jote, Chhatra Federation, and other groups also announced a general strike across the campus from Tuesday. The leaders and the activists of the boycotting student organizations brought out processions on the campus protesting the falsification in the voting.
They demanded a fresh election under a new election conducting committee. The voting must be held at the academic building of the university with introduction of clear ballot boxes, said Nandi, who was a vice president candidate of DUCSU.
An independent general secretary candidate Asifur Rahman called the students to enforce the general strike.
Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal, the student wing of opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, also boycotted the election. At a press conference, Mostafizur Rahman, VP candidate for JCD, announced the decision.
Bangladesh Chhatra League, the student wing of the ruling Awami League party, remained in the race with its leaders contesting the race for DUCSU and the hall units.
The voting in the DUCSU came more than 28 years after with many hoping that the election would be free and fair. But a candidate was physically assaulted during the voting allegedly by the ruling party activists.
Nurul Haque Nur, a leader of the quota reformist leader, who was vying for vote for Vice President position was allegedly assaulted.