DU students vote on Friday to elect new union

DU students vote on Friday to elect new union

New Delhi: After a week of hectic campaigning, Delhi University geared up for the final showdown as students cast their votes on Friday to decide the fate of 41 candidates.

The Electronic Voting Machines were this morning taken to polling centres across the campus, and security arrangements too were put in place.

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“We have sent 180 EVMs for the morning colleges polling and 135 for the evening colleges. All security arrangements have also been made with the Delhi Police. In the North Campus, our internal security will also be in action," said Prof D S Rawat, the Election Officer.

With the campaigning, that often turned bitter with plenty of accusations being traded, coming to an end, the candidates said they now wanted to make sure their respective core constituencies of students do turn out to vote tomorrow.

While BJP’s student wing, Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) made corruption one of its main poll issues, the National Students Union of India (NSUI) focused on what it called issue-based politics and highlighted the alleged lack of leadership shown by the past and current ABVP representatives.

“Given that I am contesting the DUSU elections, my primary responsibility would be to take strong steps against corruption in the DUSU office," said NSUI presidential candidate Ajay Chhikara.

ABVP today held a workshop for its activists where they decided their roles for tomorrow and how they would persuade students to step out of their hostels and vote.

With the election code of conduct barring printed material, excessive expenditure and a ban on using vehicles for campaigning, the candidates made sure they went from college to college speaking to students and aggressively used creative forums like street plays to garner attention.

Social networking webistes also came in handy in the campaign and agenda updates were posted from time to time on Facebook pages, Twitter and blogs.

Hand-made posters and pamphlets were seen in plenty around the campus, as students donned T shirts proclaiming their support for their favourite candidates.