New Delhi: Delhi University’s election committee has issued notices to all those who had filed nominations for the varsity’s student union polls over use of printed posters for campaigning.
As per Lyngdoh committee recommendations, the candidates in student union polls can only campaign using handmade posters and not printed ones. However, walls full of such posters in DU’s North Campus are a common sight every year.
“We have issued notices to all students who filed their nominations including those who are contesting the polls for violating the code of conduct, NGT order and Lyngdoh committee recommendation by using printed material for campaigning,” said D S Rawat, Chief Election Commissioner for DUSU polls.
“They have been given time of 24 hours to reply following which the decision will be taken on their candidature,” he added.
DUSU is the representative body of the students from most colleges and faculties. Apart from DUSU, which is an umbrella council, each college also has its own students’ union for which they hold separate elections.
The elections for the student body are scheduled for September 9 and the students’ wings of various political parties have intensified their campaign.
A total of 91 candidates are in the fray for the four crucial posts of DUSU. There are 27 candidates for the post of president, 19 for vice-president, 24 for secretary and 21 for the post of joint secretary.
22 nominations were rejected during scrutiny by the election committee.
Last year, the DUSU polls were swept by BJP-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) trouncing Congress’ National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) and AAP’s Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS) to bag all four positions — president, vice president, secretary and joint secretary.
Though Delhi University officially does not recognise any political outfit, students who contest the polls are backed by different political parties. PTI
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