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JNU bars students guilty in Feb 9 incident from voting in union polls

JNU students who were found guilty of violating varsity norms in connection with the controversial February 9 incident will not be able to cast their vote in the student union polls before they pay their fines.

The names of the 21 students, who have been imposed varied penalty for their alleged role in the sedition row, have been dropped from the voter list for the student union polls scheduled on September 9.

“When the voter lists were put up on Tuesday by the Election Commission of JNU we found that our names are not included in the list. As per the standard provision, we went to the Administrative Officer to get our names included in the list but were told that they have been striked off our names because of fines pending against us in the February 9 incident,” JNUSU member Rama Naga said. “The administration has been creating hurdles in our academic activities for the last 6 months. The punishment order was issued to us on August 23 and the 15-day time frame given to us to pay the fines is yet to expire. We also have the option to go to court against the decision,” he added. JNUSU Joint Secretary Saurabh Sharma, who is the lone ABVP member in the union, levelled similar allegations. The Election Commissioner for the JNUSU polls said the poll body has no role to play in the matter and concerned students need to get clearance from the Administrative Officers (AOs) of their respective departments to get their names included in the list.  “There are laid down procedures for the same and I am legally bound to follow them. Unless the AOs give clearance I cannot include their names in the list. So they should submit their complaint or request to their respective departments,” Ishita Mana, the newly appointed CEC said.
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