Security up,stage all set for PU students’ vote today

POLLS : About 350 police personnel to guard the campus; results will be declared around 4 pm

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: September 4, 2013 2:11:06 am

Amid deployment of around 350 police personnel on the campus,over 13,000 students from 58 departments are expected to cast their vote in the elections to the Panjab University Students’ Council on Wednesday.

As the university officials were busy holding meetings to discuss various arrangements for the smooth conduct of the elections on D-Day,the Chandigarh Police held a flag march to strengthen the security on the campus.

Voting will be held at 175 polling booths through secret ballot boxes,which have already reached the departments. But the ballot papers will be sent to the departments on Wednesday morning.

Students have been instructed to assemble at their respective polling booths at 9.30 am after which teachers will take their attendance. Voting will start at 9.45 am and no student will be allowed to enter his/her respective department after 10.15 am. Results will be declared around 4 pm.

Dean Student Welfare (DSW) Navdeep Goyal said,“Chairpersons and teachers of all the departments have been entrusted with the responsibility of ensuring that only department students are allowed to enter the polling booths. Students who have not received their ID cards can be permitted to

enter only if the chairperson identifies them.”

The chairperson of each department will act as the chief polling officer who will be the overall incharge of the counting for that particular block and the final authority for determining the validity of the polled votes. As many as 23 returning officers have been appointed for 23 different blocks.

The security has been tightened at all the university gates,and members of the Panjab University Teachers’ Association (PUTA) and Association of Non-Teaching

Staff have been asked to be present at the gates to ensure that only students of the university are allowed to enter.

“All the three university gates will remain open throughout the day,except gate no.2,which will be closed after 10.15 am for security reasons. Entry to the university will only be made on the basis of ID cards,and vehicles need to have the university sticker on them,” said Prof Anil Monga,Chief Security Officer.

As a precautionary measure,the police have decided to conduct raids at the university hostels to check the presence of outsiders.

5 ballot papers of different colours

Students are required to assemble at their respective polling booths at 9.30 am

Voting will begin at 9.45 am

Entry to the departments will be closed at 10.15 AM,after which no student will be allowed to enter

Students need to carry their ID cards with them

Any student found roaming outside the department after 9.45AM will not be allowed to enter the booth and cast their vote

Each student will be given five ballot papers of different colours. White-colour ballot paper will be for DR,pink for president,light green for the vice-president,blue for secretary,and yellow for joint secretary

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