Students across DU thronged to colleges polling stations and made overflowing queues a common sight on Tuesday morning for electing the next office bearers of Delhi University Students' Union. At Ramjas College, which was described as "especially vulnerable" by a police officer, students were not allowed to loiter within 50 feet of the entry gates.
A total of 43 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) elections held yesterday.
The BJP-backed ABVP has nominated Motilal Nehru College student Rajat Choudhary as president candidate while Paarth Rana, Mahamedhaa Nagar and Uma Shankar are contesting for the posts of vice-president, secretary and joint secretary respectively. According to reports, the counting of the DUSU elections will be held tomorrow from 8.30 am. After Tuseed did not oppose the plea of DU to declare the results, HC modified its order giving the go ahead.
Final results are expected at around 12 noon. The court had then said that the university was "stigmatising" the student and asked how a warning could be termed a disciplinary action.
Altogether 10 candidates are in the fray for the president's post. National Students' Union of India (NSUI), Akhila Bhartiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP), and other parties. He later added that the final tally of the elections was 43 per cent. The result of the election will, however, not be declared; it will be kept in a sealed cover. We can expect the first round result soon.
A bipolar affair historically, the election this year has seen the rise of another student group, the radical left AISA, which has found many supporters among students after the brawl at Ramjas College in February and turned the usually bilateral contest between the ABVP and NSUI into a multi-cornered fight. The candidates who win the elections must be responsible for all the activities which will take place at the University. Polling for the DUSU elections in morning schools ended at 2 pm and voting reserved for students of evening colleges commenced at 3 pm and it continued till 7.30 pm. The University has stated that partial results can not be declared as voting was carried out through the EVMs. Stay with us for the live news updates of DUSU elections 2017.