A quota reform leader won the vice president post of Dhaka University Central Students' Union (DUCSU) while Bangladesh Chhatra League leaders bagged the posts of general secretary and assistant general secretary. The results announced by DU Vice-Chancellor Md Akhtaruzzaman Tuesday (Mar 12) show quota reformist Nurul Haq Nur secured 11,062 votes, local media reported.
Quota reform movement leader Nurul Haq Nur was elected Vice-President (VP) of Dhaka University Central Students’ Union (DUCSU) in Monday’s (Mar 11) elections. DU Vice-Chancellor Md Akhtaruzzaman announced the results from Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban around 3:25 a.m. on Tuesday.
Nur is a student of English department of the university and is also joint convener of Bangladesh General Students’ Rights Protection Council, which led the protests for reforms in the quota system in government jobs in 2018.
Nur secured 11,062 votes while his nearest rival candidate Bangladesh Chhatra League leader Rezwanul Haque Chowdhury Shovon bagged 9,129 votes.
Chhatra League's GS candidate Golam Rabbani got 10,484 and AGS candidate Saddam Hossain around 15,000 votes.
The day began with high hopes for a fair DUCSU election pending for nearly three long decades. Much before the voting started at 8:00 a.m. Monday (Mar 11), Dhaka University students started lining up at their dormitories with enthusiasm.
However, much of the optimism that had gripped the country's top university was deflated soon. Prolonging the wait of voters allegedly by Bangladesh Chhatra League and boycotts by all rival organisations and groups alleging "irregularities and vote rigging" marred the much-hyped polls.
Panels of Jatiyatobadi Chhatra Dal, leftists, quota reformists and independent panels separately staged protests on the campus demanding re-elections.
DU Vice-Chancellor Md Akhtaruzzaman, however, said the environment of the elections were normal except for a few isolated incidents.
Chief Returning Officer SM Mahfuzur Rahman expressed regret for some untoward incidents during yesterday's election and said the complaint will be forwarded to election steering committee.