New Delhi: The Delhi University Students' Union (DUSU) polls are currently being held in the varsity on Wednesday. Twenty-three candidates from various student political parties are in the fray.
Nearly 1.35 lakh students will decide the fate of these 23 candidates. The results will be announced on September 13.
Nearly 700 electronic voting machines (EVMs) have been installed in 52 centres across the varsity. The polling in the morning colleges commenced at 8 am and end at 1 pm. In evening colleges, it will be held between 3 pm and 7.30 pm.
The top political parties contesting in the elections are National Students' Union of India (NSUI) – the student wing of Congress, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) – the student wing of BJP, Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS) – AAP student wing, and left-wing students' outfit All India Students Association (AISA).
AISA and CYSS are jointly contesting the polls.
In their election manifesto, NSUI promised the "Institute of Eminence" tag for Delhi University and thalis for Rs 10, while ABVP promised to spend 50 per cent of the union's budget on women and social justice-related activities, along with a special attention to promoting sports and installing sanitary pad vending machines on college campuses.
Last year, the polls saw a 43-per cent voter turnout.
With agency inputs