While allowing the Panjab University to go ahead with the student council elections on September 5, the Chandigarh Administration on Wednesday asked that no student having a criminal background or criminal cases registered against him should be allowed to contest, and there should be strict compliance with the recommendations of the Lyngdoh commitee.
With the formal announcement of the date of election, the code of conduct also came into force, said Navdeep Goyal, Dean of Students’ Welfare. The election will be held for the posts of president, vice-president, general secretary and joint secretary of the students council and departmental representatives.
In its communication to the vice-chancellor, the administration said that no permission would be given for rallies and canvassing in the girls hostels. A maximum of five students of a party could be allowed to visit the girls hostels for campaigning before 7 pm. Candidates would have to take permission from the DSW or the warden.
Since Panjab University is a silence zone, no permission for use of sound systems or to conduct a musical night would be given. No posters and stickers would be allowed to be displayed on any vehicle in the campus. Regarding the demand for banning the entry of cars on the campus until the election, the DSW said the issue would be discussed at an all-party meeting on Friday. “We are planning to make the area vehicle-free, but the cars of the faculty will be allowed,” he said.
The administration stated that campaigning would only be done by the bonafide students and all students on the campus would be required to identity cards and permission for use of their vehicles.
Also, the Chandigarh police would take strict action against students who were found with swords or baseball bats in the hostel rooms or vehicles. The administration would put a complete ban on carrying of weapons, except by the police and para-military forces.
After the announcement of results, no victory procession or DJ party would be allowed. The university’s Chief Security Officer Jatinder Grover wrote to the police, asking them to increase the security at all gates and conduct random checking within the campus.
Model Code of conduct
- Tents will be allocated after withdrawal and in the names of candidates only
- Each candidate will be given a space of 15’X15′ for two tables and 15 chairs. The expenditure will be counted in the name of the candidate. Four candidates in a panel can have a common tent.
- Expenditure on stationery items, posters, banners, catalogues, eatables etc will be counted as per the observer’s report. To keep a check on expenditure, an election observers committee will be formed.
- No powered vehicle will be allowed for canvassing and no canvassing will be allowed in classrooms
- Foot rallies will be allowed only with the permission of Chandigarh police, DSW or the Chief Security Officer
- No outsiders and diploma/certificate/evening studies/ USOL students will be allowed in the poll process
- No guest will be allowed in hostels until the completion of election process.
- Students trying to promote a party by means of stickers or wearing its t-shirts will not be allowed to enter the campus on the voting day.