Hours after results of the Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) polls were announced, senior leaders of the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) as well as senior Congress leader Deependra Hooda sat on an indefinite hunger strike, demanding a recounting of votes for all posts. With DU witnessing a voter turnout of nearly 36 per cent, NSUI’s joint secretary candidate Mohit Garid managed to bag the post while the other three seats were won by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP).
According to NSUI, there were “technical problems” in EVMs at some colleges. The party also raised concerns about the manner in which the votes were counted and demanded that footage for the same be made available. “We are demanding transparency and the number of votes which have been polled in each EVM, as well as the votes secured by each candidate. A recounting of the votes polled for all posts should take place. The Election Commission should also furnish recordings of the counting process,” said NSUI National Secretary Angelica Aribam.
While the NSUI claimed that complaints regarding the same had been given to the DUSU election office, Chief Election Officer D S Rawat said, “We have received one complaint regarding recounting votes for each voting table. The complaint has been forwarded to the Grievance Cell. As per Supreme Court guidelines and Lyngdoh committee recommendations, all complaints related to elections are to be taken up by the grievance cell. We have no jurisdiction in such cases.”
“On Friday morning, we were informed by voters that when ballot no. 5 was pressed for the post of President in Aurobindo College, it went to Ballot no. 1 which is the ABVP’s ballot number. Similar complaints were received from other colleges as well. Moreover, the EC had said students with fee slips within August 31 will be allowed to vote and no voting will be allowed for students who paid later. We came to know that it hasn’t been uniformly implemented,” said Aribam. She added, “Until the above issues are resolved, we demand that no office bearer should be allowed to take charge of DUSU office; and the elections to the Executive Council should not be held.”