Counting underway for Delhi University Students’ Union polls

New Delhi: Votes are being counted on Saturday for the polls to Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU), which took place yesterday. Results are expected by afternoon.

Over 43 percent students had exercised their franchise on Friday in the keenly contested DUSU polls which were dominated this year by issues such as rollback of CBCS, security, transport and accommodation problems faced by varsity students.

The students council elections also took place in 42 colleges where Congress-affiliated National Students Union of India (NSUI) won the five-member panels in 18 colleges while the BJP’s youth wing Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parsihad (ABVP) emerged victorious at 13 colleges.

Both the parties won different seats in remaining colleges.

While DUSU is the representative body of the students from most colleges and faculties of the varsity, colleges have their individual students’ councils.

AAP’s student wing Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS), which is making its debut at the DUSU polls, did not nominate any candidates for the council elections at colleges.

The Chief Election Officer for DUSU elections, D S Rawat, said the voting went off peacefully with 44 per cent of students casting their vote in the morning leg of polls.

“The polling which was conducted in two phases went off smoothly. The maximum turnout of 91 per cent was recorded at the Ayurvedic and Unani Tibbia College and the minimum was in Shahid Bhagat Singh evening college and Department of Buddhist Studies at 21 per cent,” he said.

“Sri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) reported the highest turnout of 70 per cent at a campus college while the minimum was at Khalsa college at 27 per cent,” he added.

No technical glitches in the EVMs were reported during the first phase.

While 44 per cent polling was recorded in the morning leg of polls, the turnout in the evening phase was relatively low, Rawat said.

A total of 1,35,298 voters were eligible to cast vote in the DUSU polls for the four crucial posts — the President, Vice President, Secretary and Joint Secretary.

Testing their electoral fortunes are nine candidates for the post of President, eight each for the post of Vice President and Joint Secretary, and 10 nominees for the post of Secretary.