Polling on 52 polling booths for four positions of Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) will be held on Thursday, with an electorate size 1.3 students set to cast votes. The Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) has fielded Akshit Dahiya for the post of DUSU president while Pradeep Tanwar is contesting for vice president’s post. Yogit Rathee has been fielded for the general secretary’s post and Shivangi Kherwal for the post of joint secretary.
On the other hand, Chetna Tyagi is NSUI’s candidate for the president post, and Ankit Bharti for the vice president’s post, Ashish Lamba for the secretary’s post and Abhishek Chaprana for the post of joint secretary.
Out of the total 16 candidates, there are only four women in contention, while two of them are contesting independently.
Last year, the voter turnout in the DUSU elections was 44.46 percent with ABVP winning on three posts and the Congress-affiliated National Students’ Union of India on just one post. Moreover, counting was stopped last year over complains of faulty electronic voting machines which later resumed.
“EVMs were delivered to the polling centres on Wednesday and strict security arrangements have been made. The Community Hall at the Police Lines in northwest Delhi’s Kingsway Camp will be the counting centre for the polls”, News Agency PTI quoted DU Chief Election Officer Ashok Prasad was quoted as saying.
Removing inequality, ensuring women’s safety, concessional passes for the metro are among the promises made by various student outfits ahead of the polls.
(With PTI inputs)