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JNUSU polls: Highest voting percentage in 7 yrs, HC orders stay on announcement of results

JNUSU polls: Highest voting percentage in 7 yrs, HC orders stay on announcement of results

New Delhi: The keenly-contested Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union (JNUSU) polls witnessed a 67.9 per cent voter turnout on Friday, believed to be the highest in seven years, even as the Delhi High Court ordered a stay on the announcement of results.

Last year, the polling percentage was 67.8.

The JNUSU poll committee accused the Dean of Students of "interfering" in the election process by entering the polling venue when the first phase of voting was underway.

Of the 8,488 registered voters, 5,762 cast their votes.

In 2017 and 2016, the voting percentage was 59. In 2015, the it was 55. In 2013 and 2014, the percentage hovered around 55 while in 2012, the voter turnout was 60 per cent.

The Delhi High Court ordered a stay on Friday on the declaration of the poll results till September 17, when it will take up the matter again.

"It is directed that the declaration of the final results shall be subject to further orders to be passed by this court. Further, the university is directed not to notify the results till the next date of hearing," the court said in its order.

The JNU election committee said it was yet to take a final decision on counting of votes following the high court order. The results were supposed to be declared on September 8.

A total of 14 candidates are in the fray for the election, for which the first phase of polling was held from 9.30 am to 1 pm and the second phase from 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm.

The counting of votes is supposed to commence from 9 pm.

"The chairman of the university's Grievance Redressal Cell (GRC), who is also the Dean of Students' Affairs, interfered in the election process by coming inside the polling venue. This is a clear violation of the Lyngdoh Committee recommendations and also of a high court order," JNU Election Committee chairperson Shashank Patel said.

He, however, did not comment on the action taken by the poll panel on the violation.

The Dean of Students, Umesh Kadam, did not respond to calls and messages for a comment on the issue.

As polling was underway, supporters of various political outfits were seen flocking outside the voting centres and raising slogans.

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