HC allows DU to declare president election result on Wednesday

Henrietta Strickland
September 13, 2017

As opposed to last year's substandard turnout of 37 per cent for both morning and evening round, 45.3 per cent students chose to exercise their right to vote in the morning round, confirmed S B Babbar, chief election officer of DUSU. The second round of voting - reserved for students of evening colleges - began at 3 p.m. and will go on till 7.30 p.m. According to reports, the counting of the DUSU elections will be held tomorrow from 8.30 am. "We are having elections at 51 places and we have despatched around 248 EVMs (purchased in 2006) 124 each for DUSU and college councils' elections", said Prof Babbar. "The morning colleges of the varsity recorded voter turnout of 45.3 percentage". In the college panel voting, the two student organisations, the ABVP and NSUI, were locked in a close battle. In last few years, DU has recorded a little over 33 per cent voting.

Other contestants fielded by ABVP and NSUI for the post of general secretary and joint secretary are Mahamedhaa Nagar, Uma Shankar, Meenakshi Meena and Avinash Yadav respectively.

-According to sources, around 43% polling has been recorded so far.

"This year, the log sheet was full of signatures", said Khushboo Singh, a student of English (honours) from Ramjas College.

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)'s student wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the Indian National Congress (INC)'s National Students Union of India (NSUI) and left wing outfits like Students Federation of India (SFI) and All India Students Association (AISA) were seen making last minute efforts to garner votes for their candidates. "Despite several warnings and media reports, both NSUI and ABVP continue to use printed matter and litter the campus with their posters and pamphlets even on a no-campaign day". This year, the university's chief election officer (CEC) had made a special appeal to students to come out and vote.

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday allowed the Delhi University to declare the results of its students union's presidential election, PTI reported. The order after Delhi University sought modification of a September 8 interim order in which it had allowed NSUI's presidential candidate Rocky Tuseed to contest the election but directed the varsity not to announce the results for the post of president.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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