PU elections: Campaigning over,parties take to social networking

A day before elections,student organisations at Panjab University are leaving no stone unturned to woo their voters in the peak hours

Written by Ifrah Mufti | Chandigarh | Published:September 3, 2013 3:42 am

A day before elections,student organisations at Panjab University are leaving no stone unturned to woo their voters in the peak hours. The prospective candidates have taken to social networking tools like Facebook and WhatsApp to reach out to a larger student population.

As per the Lyngdoh Committee rules,the parties are supposed to end the campaigning 48 hours before election time,which is why the candidates resorted to the social media to reach out to the voters.

“In these two days,when we are not allowed to campaign in the campus,Facebook and WhatsApp are the best medium to communicate with other students. These days,all students are present on Facebook or other such sites,though they may be hardly present in class. So it is easy to spread our message to all such people,” said Amandeep Singh,SOPU president at DAV College Sector 10.

Arwinder Singh,PUSU president from SD College,Sector 32 said,“WhatsApp helped me to reach those students whom I didn’t know before. We all forwarded our messages to our group friends,who further forwarded the message to their respective group of friends. When we are not allowed to campaign in the campus,social media campaigning is the alternative.”

Ashna Singh,vice-president at Government College for Girls Sector 11,said,“I made my Facebook page three days ago by the name of Student Council elections,Ashna Singh. We were told that the campaigning will be stopped at 10 am on September 2,and the final list of the candidates was announced on August 31.

“Technically,we had only Sunday to campaign in the college,so social media is the best and the most useful medium. I could forward my message to all those who don’t even know the names of the candidates. I am already getting a good response from all the girls,especially my batch-mates,of whom I am sure will turn up to vote for me.”

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