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2019-02-11 13:30:23 BdST

Ducsu polls set for March 11

The Dhaka University Central Students' Union (Ducsu) election will be held on March 11.

Professor SM Mahfuzur Rahman of the Department of International Business and also the chief returning officer made the announcement on behalf of the administration at Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Bhaban auditorium around 10:45am on Monday.

Voting will take place in order to fill 25 important positions such as vice-president, general secretary, assistant general secretary, literary secretary and athletic secretary.

A draft voter list for the Ducsu polls will also be released on Monday, and will be available on notice boards and on the university web portal. Complaints and correction requests for the voter list can be submitted within February 18, and the final voter list will be published on February 20.

The deadline for submitting nomination papers is February 26, and the scrutiny process will begin the same day. Th primary list of candidates will be published on February 27. Meanwhile, the deadline for withdrawing nominations is March 2.

On March 3, the final list of candidates contesting in the Ducsu polls will be published. Voting will take place on March 11 from 8am to 2pm, and results will be announced the same day.

Ducsu was formed a year after Dhaka University was established in 1921. Dhaka University's student leaders were at the forefront of the Language Movement and the Independence Movement. Though Ducsu elections are to be held every year, there have only been six since independence.

The last Ducsu election was held on June 6, 1990.  Since then, there have been eight vice-chancellors, but none of them saw that the Ducsu polls were held.

On January 17 of this year, the High Court settled a six-year-old rule on the issue, ordering Ducsu elections to be held within six months.

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