The student union polls of Jawaharlal Nehru University is supposed to held on 11 September, 2012. This is the third time in the row that the JNU University students union polls are going to clash with the Delhi University. The Delhi University Student’s Union (DUSU) has also decided to conduct the polls on the very same day. As for now, no official report has been announced by any of the university but the students have already started to prepare for the coming elections.
According to a statement issued by the officials which states that both the elections are decided to conduct on the same day so as to synchronize the promotions for the elections can be done accordingly. It also states that the main intention behind conducting both the election on the same day so that the results of one election do not affect the results of the other one.
The preparation for the polls in Jawaharlal Nehru University started with the appointment of Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) together with the selection of election body. The process of selecting the members for the election body was done in the General Body Meeting (GBM) in which students from different department of the university participated. The election body together with the University’s student union unanimously selected the candidate for the post of Chief Election Commissioner. Praveen Thallapelli will be leading the election body as the new CEC.
Election process in JNU however differs from that of the Delhi University. Like all the previous years, the student union will go for routine campaigning in which the nominated candidates will deliver speeches relating to their work and agendas. The candidates are finally elected by on the result based on the ‘Presidential debate’, which is conducted in the same manner as that of US Presidential debate. Last date for the submission of the nomination is said to be 1st September, 2015. However, if a candidate want to withdraw his/her name from the nomination filled, can be done on the very next day. The night long Presidential debate is supposed to held on September 9th. The final results are more likely to be declared by 13th September, 2015.
Last year, as per the results of student’s union polls, left backed All India Student’s Association (AISA) were the winners of the polls grabbing all the four top most positions which included the President’s post.
This year for the first time, a new choice for the voters have been included – None of the Above (NOTA) in which, the voters, who does not wish to give their votes to any of the student union can opt for. Also Digital Voting has been introduced this year which will have a HTML portal to record the voters choices.