A day after the voting for Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) elections concluded, the counting of the votes will take place on Friday, 13 September, at the Community Hall, Police Lines in northwest Delhi’s Kingsway Camp.
The voter turnout in Delhi University Students’ Union polls on Thursday was recorded at 39.90 percent, over four notches down from the last year.
Sixteen candidates are in the fray for posts of president, vice-president, general secretary and joint secretary in the students’ union.
- Fifty-two polling centres were set up and over 1.3 lakh students were eligible to cast their vote
- The campaigning for the polls drew to a close on Tuesday with candidates canvassing in college hostels
- Ahead of the polls, the NSUI on 9 September had alleged that members of the ABVP attacked its vice presidential candidate, a charge denied by the RSS-affiliated outfit
- The RSS-affiliated ABVP candidates won three posts last year, while Congress-backed NSUI bagged one post
39.69% Voter Turnout Recorded Across 43 Morning Colleges
The voter turnout across 43 morning colleges was recorded at 39.69 percent, almost four notches down from last year’s figure of 43.8 percent, according to PTI.
Some student leaders attributed the low turnout to the holidays, while some teachers felt that students have developed a disenchantment with politics.
Sri Aurobindo College recorded a turnout of 33.14 percent while Ramanujan College recorded a turnout of around 34 percent. Shivaji College saw a voter turnout of 40.93 percent while Shyama Prasad Mukherjee college recorded a turnout of 29 percent, one of the lowest among colleges.
Miranda House saw a turnout of 64 percent while Hindu College recorded a turnout around 59.6 percent, which was higher than last year’s turnout.
NSUI Alleges Restriction of Entry into Booths, EVM Tampering
Congress-affiliated National Students’ Union of India claimed that its joint secretary candidate Abhishek Chaprana was denied entry to polling booths in Dayal Singh College in South Delhi.
The student outfit claimed Chaprana was illegally detained.
North campus recorded 38 percent voter turnout across 17 booths.
Police said Chaprana was canvassing for votes outside the college, which is not allowed. When he was asked not to canvass, he “misbehaved” with policemen and had to be detained, they said.
The outfit also alleged malfunctioning of EVM at a college. Ruchi Gupta, NSUI national in-charge took to Twitter to complain about the same.
Again, in Aryabhatt college, EVM is malfunctioning as usual AGAINST NSUI. When ballot is pressed for NSUI candidate, EVM does not light up to indicate registration of vote. Our rep is getting more details
— Ruchi Gupta (@guptar) September 12, 2019
Security Beefed Up in the Campus Amid Voting
Candidates Make Promises Which Are out of Their Authority: DU Student
— Kabir Upmanyu (@kabirupmanyu) September 12, 2019
“Most of the promises they make are out of their domain. But they’re lucrative so they attract people. The naive ones think the candidates will fulfill their promises, but they can’t if it is not a part of their authority,” said Ashutosh Srivastava, a DU student.
He added, “Another problem is the relationship between the union and the administration. There is mostly a lack of collaboration between them. All of them, be it the teachers or the students have their own political affiliation which leads to a tussle.”
Talking about the influence of money power in these elections, he said, “Initially who promote their party the most, get the seats or candidature.”
He also said that there should be some electoral reforms in selecting the candidates. “Only the good students should be selected, not necessarily the toppers, but the sincere and regular ones.”
Voting for DUSU Begins; Cong-NSUI Candidate ‘Illegally Detained’
Polling for four positions of Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) is underway at 52 polling centres today, with 16 candidates in the fray and over 1.3 lakh students eligible to cast their votes, reported PTI.
The polling began at 9.30 am.
Congress-affiliated National Students’ Union of India claimed its joint secretary candidate Abhishek Chaprana was denied entry to polling booths in Dayal Singh College in south Delhi. The student outfit claimed Chaprana was illegally detained.
However, police said he was canvassing for votes outside the college, which is not allowed.
Delhi HC Seeks Varsity’s Reply on SFI Members’ Plea on Nomination Papers
The Delhi High Court on Wednesday, 11 September sought response of the Delhi University on a plea filed by three students, affiliated to Students’ Federation of India (SFI), alleging that they were illegally restrained from filing their nominations for elections, PTI reported.
Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva issued notices to Delhi University, its Chief Election Officer (CEO) and Station House Officer of Maurice Nagar police station on the petition and listed it for hearing on 17 October .
The court said the elections will be subject to the outcome of the petition.
The petition filed by DU students Ravi Kumar Chauhan, Noel Benny and Parmanand Sharma alleged that on 4 September, they were on their way to submit their nomination papers when they were allegedly prevented by suspected members of ABVP.
The Three-Cornered Fight Between ABVP, NSUI and AISA
The RSS-affiliated ABVP has fielded Akshit Dahiya for the post of DUSU president, Pradeep Tanwar for the vice president’s post, Yogit Rathee for the general secretary’s post and Shivangi Kherwal for the post of joint secretary.
The Congress-backed NSUI has pitted Chetna Tyagi against Dahiya. Left-backed All India Students’ Association (AISA) has fielded Damini Kain for the post of president.
The NSUI has fielded Ankit Bharti for the vice president’s post, Ashish Lamba for the secretary’s post and Abhishek Chaprana for the post of joint secretary.