UPDATE: Over 43% voter turnout in DUSU polls
Students of Delhi University and Jawaharlal Nehru University on Friday will cast their votes for the elections to the student union bodies at polling centres set up at various campuses.
Over 50 candidates in the two premier varsities are vying for the Delhi University Students Union' (DUSU) posts in the two-phase election. The total number of voters is 1,35,298 and the voting will take place in 127 polling centres set up at 42 campuses.
The first phase of the polling began at 8:30am and went on till 12:30pm, and the second phase will be from 3pm to 7pm. Vote counting will start on Saturday.
In the race for the post of president, there will be nine candidates, while there are eight for the post of vice-president. Ten students will be contesting for the post of secretary, while eight nominations have been validated for the joint secretary post.
"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," PTI quoted DS Rawat, the Chief Election Commissioner for DUSU polls, as saying.
Jawaharlal Nehru University
Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) election, which was underway at five centres, will be concluded by 5:30pm, while vote counting will start at 9pm on Friday.
"The counting for JNUSU polls will be held on Saturday. Since, we use paper ballots and the counting is done manually, the process is expected to go on till Sunday morning," the Chief Election Commissioner for JNU polls, Praveen Thallapelli, told PTI.
A total of 22 candidates are fighting it out for the JNUSU Central Panel, which includes president, vice-president, general secretary and joint secretary. Another 83 candidates are contesting for the posts of councillors at all the centres of the university.
AISA had bagged the JNU election last year winning all the top four posts.