DU all set for voting day,security stepped up

Delhi University is all set for the students’ union polls on Friday.

Written by Aditi Vatsa | New Delhi | Published:September 14, 2012 12:44 am

Delhi University is all set for the students’ union polls on Friday. Du officials said all arrangements were in place to ensure smooth polling.

Chief Election Officer Prof C S Dubey said the university officials on Wednesday had a meeting with police to step up security on polling day. “We met the DCP and the Joint Commissioner of Police. We have also alerted all colleges to allow entry of students only on the basis of their identity cards. Moreover,CCTV cameras have been installed at various points on the campus and the footage is being monitored closely. Rapid Action Force personnel will also be deployed on the campus on voting day,” Dubey said.

DCP (North) Sindhu Pillai said arrangements are being made to ensure that the electronic voting machines (EVMs) are not tampered with. “Apart from providing mobile patrolling and emergency response vehicles,we will also provide escorts for EVMs from the polling centres to the venue where the counting will take place. Police personnel will accompany the university staff to ensure that no unauthorised person enters the polling centre,” she said.

As many as 984 EVMs are going to be used in about 50 polling centres, returning officer Satish Kumar said.

Voting in morning colleges will be between 8.30 am and 12.30 pm. Voting will be held between 3 pm and 7 pm in evening colleges. Counting of votes will start at 8 am on Saturday. Traffic on Chatra Marg till Kranti Chowk will be closed till 2.30 pm on that day.

Voting will take place for the posts of the president,vice-president,secretary and joint-secretary of the DUSU. Polls for electing representatives to the University Central Council will also be held at different colleges.

Colleges have also been asked to provide adequate facilities for students with disabilities. “We have told college principals to ensure that polling booths are on the ground floor. They have also been asked to appoint volunteers from NCC and NSS to assist students. These students will not have to stand in queues,” Bipin Kumar Tiwary,the officer on special duty at the Equal Opportunity Cell,said.

Last year’s DUSU polls saw the use of Braille stickers on EVMs so that visually impaired students could vote without assistance.

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