NEW DELHI: The Delhi University Students' Union (DUSU) polls ended on Wednesday with 44.46% voters turning up on election day however the counting of votes was suspened after six EVMs were reported of malfunctioning.
NSUI claims that they have been winning the six rounds and the union had even started celebrating for Sunny Chillar's win. ABVP was, however, reported to be leading the Secretary post.
The results were to be announced on Thursday where the main student unions - BJP backed-Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and Congress backed-National Students' Union of India (NSUI) were against each other. While the AAP backed-Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS) contested the polls in alliance with left-wing students' outfit All India Students Association (AISA) this year.
This year, polling took place in around 52 centers in the colleges. There has been an increase in the voter turnout percentage as last year the University saw 43% turnout.
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# Counting for the student union polls which was stopped midway due to "faulty EVMs" and the "students' uproar over it" has resumed. "After elaborate discussions, it was decided that the counting will be resumed today. All candidates have reached an agreement on this," an election officer for DUSU polls said.
# Counting had to be stopped over allegations of faulty EVMs. However, following objections by students, the election officials had decided to suspend the counting.
# Heavy security was deployed outside the counting center after a scuffle broke out between ABVP and NSUI. The officials have suspended the counting of votes for the day.
# In the initial trends, Congress-backed NSUI was leading for the president post, while BJP-affiliated ABVP was leading for the vice president's post.
# "We had proposed rectification of the faulty EVMs and resumption of the counting but the students were not ready for it. It was decided to suspend counting. A fresh date for the counting will be announced soon," an election officer for DUSU polls said.
# The counting was initially stopped for an hour when there were allegations of faulty EVMs, however, following objections by students the election officials decided to suspend the counting.
# According to PTI, the counting for Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) elections was suspended midway due to "faulty EVMs and the students' uproar over it", a university official said.
# NSUI and ABVP get into a verbal spat on tampering of EVMs after which the officials announced the suspension of counting.
# Reports of EVMs being tampered came in after the counting of votes was hauled for the second time. NSUI claims that ABVP has tampered with the machines.
# NSUI's Sunny Chillar is leading on the presidential post against ABVP's Ankiv Baisoya.
# Counting of votes resumes. The result is expected to be out soon.
# The counting of votes is hauled due to some technical glitch.
# Meanwhile, elections in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) are scheduled to be held on Friday. Students will vote to elect the president for the college.
# The counting of votes is underway.
As people cast their vote for #DUSU2018 it is crucial to remember that many colleges still do not participate in DUSU elections, primarily women's colleges. Out of its 17 women's colleges, only about 5 participate in DUSU elections.
— Pinjra Tod (@PinjraTod) September 12, 2018
# The NSUI has promised the 'Institute of Eminence' tag for Delhi University and thalis at Rs 10 in canteens.
# The ABVP has promised to spend 50 percent of the union's budget on women and social justice-related activities, along with a special attention on promoting sports and installing sanitary pad vending machines in college campuses.
# CYSS has promised installation of CCTV cameras, setting up of police booths in the campus, ending the "culture of hooliganism" and opposition to "commercialisation of education".
# Counting of votes was supposed to begin at 8 am.
# 44.46% voters turned up to cast their vote on Wednesday.
# The ABVP panel has Ankiv Baisoya for the post of President, Shakti Singh for Vice-President, Sudhir Dedha for the post of Secretary and Jyoti Chaudhary for Joint-Secretary.
# The NSUI has Sunny Chillar for the post of President, Leena for Vice-President, Aakash Choudhary for Secretary and Saurabh Yadav for the post of Joint-Secretary.
# The AISA-CYSS panel for DUSU polls had - Abhigyan for the post of President, Anshika for the post of Vice-President, Chandramani for General Secretary and Sunny Tanwar for Joint Secretary.
# Heavy police force was deployed in the area, with around 700 personnel stationed in the north campus and over 500 personnel deployed in the south campus.
# A person wearing a question mark sign was detained by police outside the Ramjas College, but after it was found he had a college ID card, he was let off.
# Some members of parties, who were seen canvassing for votes, were warned by the police personnel.
# Senior faculty members were posted as observers at the centers and around 700 electronic voting machines (EVMs) had been installed, the official said.
(With Agency Inputs)