Notices issued to those flouting election norms in DU polls
Going strict on violators of code of election conduct, the Delhi University election office has issued notices to all the students who filed their nominations for the DUSU election scheduled on September 9 for the violation of code of conduct order, National Green Tribunal (NGT) order and Lyndoh Committee recommendations.
The contestants who have been served notices have 24 hours to respond, failing which, the University will take action against the violators. “All such students are advised to check their emails and send their reply within 24 hours failing of which action will be taken as the rule,” read the notification.
Taking note of the reckless wastage of paper in the form of posters, pamphlets, flyers and cards used for canvassing and campaigning in DUSU elections by various candidates, NGT in September had ordered the Delhi University to ensure that this year the election is eco-friendly and paperless.
In spite of the order, contestants from all parties resorted to sticking posters and distributing pamphlets at even bigger scales.
Apart from the NGT order, the Supreme Court-appointed Lyndoh committee had laid down the rules for conducting election to the students’ unions in Universities across India. One rule that is particularly violated in DUSU elections is the limit of spending of Rs 5,000 per contestant. If the University goes strictly according to the rules of elections, most of the contestants may be forced to withdraw their names.
Earlier, the University looked helpless on flouting of elections conducts. However, the current notification sent a strong message to the candidates.