Draw of lot to break DUSU tie

NSUI,ABVP tied for post of joint secretary with 13,164 votes each.

Written by Aditi Vatsa | New Delhi | Published: September 18, 2012 12:51 am

NSUI,ABVP tied for post of joint secretary with 13,164 votes each.

A lottery on September 20 will decide who will become the next joint secretary of the Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) after the National Students’ Union of India’s (NSUI) Raveena Choudhary and Vishu Basoya from Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) were tied with 13,164 votes each in last week’s polls.

A notice sent to the two candidates by Delhi University’s chief election officer,Prof. C S Dubey,says the result for the post of joint secretary would be declared on the basis of Election Commission of India guidelines.

“If two candidates contesting any seat happen to secure the highest number of votes and their votes are equal in number,the result will have to be declared by a draw of lot,” the commission’s Handbook for Returning Officers says.

ABVP state unit Secretary,Rohit Chahal,said the organsiation would not accept the “draw of lot”. “We want an inquiry into the way the elections were conducted and the counting of votes was done. The Lyngdoh Committee guidelines have been violated. Action should be taken against the NSUI candidates,” he said.

There were violent protests on the university campus moments after the poll results were declared on Saturday. The NSUI managed to corner three top positions,while the result for joint secretary’s post was a tie.

As police had to use force to prevent the situation from spiralling out of control,ABVP’s Basoya was among the injured. “Vishu is in the hospital. He has been advised complete bed rest. How will he go for the draw of lot?” Chahal said.

NSUI’s Raveena said she would “prefer the term being divided between the two of us with each candidate getting six months to hold the post”.

Chahal said the ABVP wouldn’t agree to the proposal. “The university will be partial and give the first half of the term to the NSUI. This is not acceptable,” he said.

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