DUSU elections: Voters’ turnout thin with Ramjas, Law faculty postponing elections
Maximum voting was registered in Tibbia College at 91 per cent. The Campus’ Law Centre witnessed the lowest voting at 15 per cent. The elections started at 8.30 am and ended at 12.30 pm in the morning colleges. While the elections for the evening colleges commenced at 3 pm and ended at 7 pm. The election office had established 140 polling booths across 51 colleges of the Delhi University.
To avoid any untoward incident, huge number of police personnel were deployed in the campus.
“Initially, the turnout was thin. But slowly the students came out to votes and many had to wait in long queues. However, I think that one of the reasons for the low turnout was the fact that the Faculty of Law and Ramjas College had postponed their internal college elections,” said D S Rawat, chief election commissioner.
Internal polls in the Law Faculty were postponed due to late admission of first year students. Ramjas College’s panel was postponed owing to a fight between the college panel contestants. It is notable that Ramjas College of the North campus, with 6,332 voters, has the highest number of voters.
“I have selected the NOTA option as I have seen how the elected candidates vanishe after elections,” said Anjali, a third-year student. A second-year student of Hindu College said: “In one year of experience in the campus what I have come to know is that avoid voting for mainstream, money-muscle flaunting student groups. That is the reason why I voted for AISA.”
Amit Tanwar is the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) presidential candidate this year. The National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) has fielded Nikhil Yadav as its presidential candidate.
The All India Students’ Association’s (AISA) presidential candidate is Kawalpreet Kaur. The Aam Aadmi Party’s student-wing Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS) is not contesting this year.
In this year’s election, the BJP-backed ABVP is eyeing for a hat-trick of clean sweep of the students’ union polls. The beleaguered Congress-supported National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) is hoping to make a comeback.
However, AISA is another major contestant in the DUSU election this year. The votes will be counted on Saturday and the results would be declared on the same day.