Over one lakh students will today vote in the Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) election, where 23 candidates from various student organisations are contesting for various central panel posts.
Among the major organisations contesting DUSU election 2018 are National Students’ Union of India – the student wing of the Congress party, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad – affiliated with the RSS or Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti and Students Federation of India (SFI) – the student wing of the Communist Party of India (Marxist).
After the AAP came to power in Delhi in February 2015, its student’s wing had unsuccessfully contested the DUSU polls. AAP’s Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti is jointly contesting the elections with left-wing student outfit All India Students Association (AISA).
While AISA will field candidates for the posts of president and vice-president, CYSS candidates will contest for the secretary and joint secretary posts.
Senior faculty members have been posted as observers at the centres and around 700 electronic voting machines (EVMs) have been installed, the official said.
Polling began at 8.30 AM at morning colleges and will end at 1 PM. In evening colleges, it will be held between 3 PM and 7.30 PM.
While the NSUI has promised the “Institute of Eminence” tag for Delhi University and thalis for Rs 10, the ABVP has promised to spend 50% 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.
It has promised to ensure installation of CCTV cameras, setting up of police booths on campus, ending the “culture of hooliganism” and opposing commercialisation of education.
The results will be announced on Thursday. Last year, the polls saw a 43% voter turnout.