Dhaka University students still hope for the better although they are apprehensive of a fair Dhaka University Central Students Union (DUCSU) election.
They hope for bringing a qualitative change in students’ leadership.
Most of the students want to cast votes in favour of the candidates who have a clean image as well as qualified, free of corruption and student-friendly so that DUCSU may uphold the rights of general students.
Many students opined that they want to cast votes considering image of the candidates and their overall personality, not seeing the panel.
The much-awaited DUCSU polls have successfully created enthusiasm among the students.
Many students who completed their studies just a few days before the DUCSU polls have expressed their utter frustrations.
After a pause of 28 years, DUSCU polls will be held on Monday.
Some 43,256 students, 26,964 of them boys and 16,292 girls having an age limit of 18 to 30 years and residents of Dhaka University dormitories will be eligible to cast votes to elect their representatives (25 central posts and 13 hall union posts).
On Monday, the students were excitedly discussing about DUCSU elections on the campus.
A fourth year student of DU Sociology department told on condition of anonymity that he is still apprehensive of fair polls.
Tamzed Hossain Mollick, a student of Applied Statistics and attached to Shahidullah Hall, said that till now a conducive environment is prevailing on the campus.
“I hope the election will be held in a free, fair and neutral manner. I’ll cast my vote in favour of the candidates who are free from corruption and intend to work for students’ well-being,” he said.
Nickita Rubayat, a voter of Shamsunnahar Hall, said that she would cast her vote for qualified aspirants irrespective of party affiliations.
“Defying all odds, I’ll cast my vote as I’ve got a chance to exercise franchise after 28 years,” she said.
Ishtiak Ahmed, a student of Management Studies, also a voter of Bijoy Ekattor Hall, said, “He is hopeful, but still confused over use of non-transparent ballot box.”
“DUCSU was dysfunctional for a long period, but it will be functional again after the polls ,” he said.
However, a few candidates excepting those belonging to the panel of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) lodged their protest over use of non-transparent ballot box, sending ballot boxes to voting centres earlier et cetera.
The DU authorities are going to use non-transparent ballot boxes in DUCSU polls after getting back from the norm of using transparent ballot boxes in elections.
A total of 229 candidates are contesting polls against 25 DUCSU posts. Of them, 21 are vying for vice president (VP), 14 for general secretary (GS) and 13 for assistant general secretary (AGS).
In hall union elections, a total of 509 aspirants are vying for 13 posts in each of 18 DU residential halls, including five female dormitories.
DUCSU was formed in 1922, one year after the establishment of Dhaka University. It was aimed at promoting the cultural activities at the university and fostering a spirit of cooperation among the students of different halls of the country’s top university.
DU students under the platform played a key role during the 1971 Liberation War and the ouster of Ershad regime in 1990.