Around 43.8% votes cast in DUSU elections
New Delhi: Around 43.8 percent votes were registered in the Delhi University Students' Union (DUSU) elections till 7:30 pm, the DU officials reported. In the morning colleges, polling began at 8.30 am and ended at 1 pm. In the evening colleges, polling held between 3.00 pm and 7.30 pm. Around 700 electronic voting machines (EVMs) have been installed in 52 centres for nearly 1.30 lakh students studying at various university colleges.
The results will be announced on Thursday. Last year, the polls saw a 43-per cent voter turnout.
Between 8.30 am and 9.30 am 18.5 percent votes were registered, and till 11.30 am 34 per cent of votes were cast. Heavy police deployment was observed in the area. A person wearing a question mark sign was detained by the police outside Ramjas College.
Senior faculty members were posted as observers at the centres and around 700 electronic voting machines (EVMs) have been installed, the official said. In the morning colleges, polling began at 8.30 am and ended at 1 pm. In the evening colleges, polling held between 3.00 pm and 7.30 pm. In the fray are the National Students' Union of India (NSUI), the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and the Aam Aadmi Party's students wing which is contesting the polls in alliance with the Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS), and left-wing students' outfit All India Students Association (AISA).
While the NSUI has promised the 'Institute of Eminence' tag for Delhi University and thalis at Rs 10, the ABVP has promised to spend 50 per cent of the union's budget on women and social justice-related activities, along with a special attention on promoting sports and installing sanitary pad vending machines on college campuses.
Students who voted in the Delhi University Students' Union (DUSU) polls on Wednesday said the results will help political parties gauge the mood of young voters ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The first year students said the results of the DUSU polls will indicate which side the young voter is supporting and will help political parties prepare accordingly.
(With agency inputs)