The long hustle and bustle going on in Delhi University and its affiliated colleges owing to DUSU Elections came to a halt as the voting process commenced today. Along with DU, JNU Union student elections also were held today. More than 50 candidates in the two universities are contesting for 8 seats in student bodies. The election results would be announced on 14 September.
DS Rawat, Chief Election Commissioner for DUSU elections, informed, “There are a total of 1,35,298 voters and the voting is taking place across 42 colleges of the university.” He also informed that the voting is being done in two phases; first phase from 8.30 AM till 12.30 Pm while the second phase started at 3 PM and will conclude at 7.30 PM. The counting of votes would commence from 9 PM today.
A total of 127 polling booths were designated at 42 colleges under the Delhi University for voting. Mr. Rawat also added, “Our observers are monitoring all the college campuses to ensure that there are no discrepancies while police teams are also undertaking patrolling to prevent any untoward incidents.”
Following the nominations, candidature of nine candidates have been validated for the President post, eight for Vice-president, 10 for Secretary and 8 candidates are fighting for the post of Joint Secretary. The campaigning on social media as well as college campuses was at its peak prior to the day of election.
Unlike previous years, it would be interesting to see a multi-dimensional contest for union bodies election since Aam Aadmi Party’s students’ wing, Chhatra Yuva Sangarsh Samiti (CYSS) is contesting for the first time. Another new contestant for the polls is Shiromani Akali Dal’s youth wing, Students’ Organisation of India (SOI). All India Students’ Association (AISA) and All India Students’ Federation (AISF) also promoted its campaign aggressively throughout the period.
Bharatiya Janata Party backed Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) is looking for another clean sweep, while National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), backed by Congress is looking to regain its lost position. CYSS is totally dependent on its parent party and is hoping for the same results, its parent party received in the Assembly elections earlier this year.
One main concern, on which the CYSS has focused, was to increase the voting percentage which has been a mere 50% for past several years. Infact, the highest voting percentage that has been recorded in DUSU elections is 55% and that too in the year 2006.
JNU Student Union Elections:
The voting session in JNU was done at five centres and ended at 5.30 PM. Total 22 candidates are contesting JNU elections for the posts of President, Vice-president, General Secretary and Joint Secretary. NSUI, ABVP, AISA, AISF, SFI, DSF and Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students’ Association are contesting in the elections. Presidential debate was also organized at JNU on Wednesday night as an important part of the elections.
AISA had won all the four positions in last year elections, but this time the contest is expected to witness a turn-around with the inclusion of new parties.
Chief Election Commissioner for JNU Elections, Praveen Thallapelli informed that the counting process would go on till Sunday morning owing to the use of paper ballots in elections. (None of the Above) NOTA option is also provided to the voters in JNU elections.