The two groups of observers (hostel wardens) for the students elections at Panjab University are busy preparing the audit reports of the student parties,as the expenditure records of all candidates are still awaited.
The hostel wardens said that video recording of the election proceedings were done to check poll code violations that the student parties may have been involved in. Two photographers were appointed by the university for the same.
The wardens said that the excesses have been recorded and student bodies were also given notices as soon as any violation was noticed.
Yograj Angrish,warden of boys hostel 7,said,We tried to monitor the violations by way of video recordings and photographs which can be taken as valid proof of the same. We also issued notices,during the election process to the parties to explain their activities. He said that initially SOPU had put up a tent of 30×60 metres,exceeding the 30×30 limit set for the party tents. They were informed of this and made to reduce the size of their tents. Also,ABVPs tent had been 15×15 earlier,and had been informed that they could increase the size of their tent.
Harish Kumar,warden of boys hostel 2,said that the expenditure on tents,vehicles and use of printed material was mainly monitored. He said,We have found that almost all parties used printed material. Also,printed stickers were found to have been used for canvassing in vehicles (about seven cars) by all major parties except ABVP and INSO. The observers also mentioned that regular checks were conducted at the hostels too. The recordings also have proof of the cars with party stickers used for canvassing,including the number plate details of the cars.
However,the wardens say that it is not possible for them to trace expenditures incurred outside the campus,which forms a major part of the expenses.
Harish Kumar said,These expenses cannot be monitored by the PU Administration as there will not be any valid proof available for the same. We have come to know of certain expenses on luring voters by attractive deals like trips and movies. However,they are hearsay and do not have a formal record in the name of any candidate or student body.
The Dean,Students Welfare,agreed,We can only stop students from being lured by these offers but cannot lock them up inside the campus. We also cannot force them to record statements against student bodies who have offered freebies to them. He added that for monitoring such expenses outside the university premises,involvement of the Chandigarh police and administration would be required.
The DSW also said that decision on the police report regarding the elections will be taken in the meeting with the election observers appointed for monitoring the expenses.
However,that will take another week,as the candidates are yet to submit their expenditure records. According to the Lyngdoh guidelines,the candidates get two weeks after the declaration of results to submit their bills.
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