Polling ends in DU, JNU; results Saturday

Last Updated: Fri, Sep 14, 2012 14:40 hrs

New Delhi, Sep 14 (IANS) Polling for the Delhi University Students' Union (DUSU) and Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union (JNUSU) ended here Friday. The results will be declared Saturday.

In JNU, around 30 candidates are in fray for the posts of president, vice-president, general secretary and joint secretary. In Delhi University, 38 candidates are contesting for the same posts.

The university, which saw its first election after four years in March this year, once again went to the polls as per recommendations of the Lyngdoh Commission on university elections.

Creative posters of different parties dotted the campus along with posters put up by an anti-Lyngdoh recommendation group, Students For Resistance (SFR), to boycott the elections.

The Lyngdoh Committee was set up in 2006 to lay down guidelines for university elections.

Among its various recommendations, the committee puts a Rs.5,000 cap on election expenses per candidate. Printed posters, pamphlets or any other printed material is allowed for canvassing.

In a campus dominated by leftist student parties like Student Federation of India (SFI), All India Students' Association (AISA), visibly marking their presence were the Congress' student's wing, National Students Union of India (NSUI), and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-backed Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).

The Left-affiliated AISA had bagged all the four posts in the last elections.

In Delhi University, the real battle is between the ABVP and the NSUI.

Apart from the usual street plays and college visits to garner support, the student outfits took to social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter to reach out to a wider electorate.

The ban on printed posters failed to deter the candidates and their supporters as they distributed hundreds of hand-printed posters and pamphlets.

The ABVP had thumped NSUI in the elections last year as it bagged three of the four posts, while NSUI could only manage to win the post of president.

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