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Presidential elections at JNU & DU

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The Students Union Elections of the Delhi University and Jawaharlal Nehru University have taken place on 9th September Friday at their respective campuses. More than 50 candidates in these prestigious institutes are eying for the Union posts.

DS Rawat, the Chief Election Commissioner for DUSU polls said “There are a total of 1,35,298 voters and the voting is taking place across 42 colleges of the University. While the first phase began at 8:30 am and will go on till 12.30 pm the next phase starts at 3pm”. He further added by saying that “”Our observers are monitoring all the college campuses to ensure that there are no discrepancies while police teams are also undertaking patrolling to prevent any untoward incidents”

35 candidates are in the rumpus for the four posts of DUSU office-bearers while nine candidates are in the fray for the post of DUSU President; Eight are contesting for the post of Vice-President. For the decades it’s always been the heavyweights namely the National Students Union of India (NSUI) and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) but to give them a tough time the Student wing of AAP, Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS) has made the elections more competitive and Nail biting.

Elections in JNU are underway at five centers. The CEC for JNU polls, Praveen Thallapelli, said “So far, the voter turnout is low; but polling is expected to pick up pace from the afternoon onwards. Counting of votes will begin at 9 P.M. tonight amidst tight security. Since, we use paper ballots and the counting is done manually, the process is expected to go on till Sunday morning”.  A total of 22 candidates are in the race for the JNU Students Union which consists the posts of President, Vice-President, General Secretary and Joint Secretary. The other 83 candidates are fighting it out for the posts of councilors at all the centers of the University. The Outfits contesting the JNUSU elections are AISA, AISF, ABVP, SFI, NSUI, DSF and Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students’ Association.

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