The Panjab University Campus Students’ Council (PUCSC) election this year witnessed a decline in the recorded voter percentage.
With 8,136 polled votes, the voting percentage was a mere 57 per cent against last year’s 59.8 per cent. In 2013, the recorded voter turnout was 60.1 per cent.
Following last year’s trend, this year too, the maximum number of votes were cast by students of University Institute of Engineering and Technology (UIET) since it has the maximum number of enrolled students at PU.
The University Institute of Legal Studies (UILS) had the second highest voter turnout, closely followed by the University Institute of Chemical Engineering & Technology (UICET). Both the departments are also among the departments with the highest enrollment number at Panjab University.
SOI’s winning presidential candidate Jasmeen Kang, a research scholar of the physics department at PU, secured the maximum number of votes from UIET (510 votes). With 349 votes from UILS, Jasmeen also got a strong support from the students of Legal Studies at PU. However, he managed to secure only 158 votes from the physics department.
This year, the maximum winning margin was secured by Preeti Negi, the vice-presidential candidate from Himachal students’ Union (HIMSU). She defeated Anjali, the vice-presidential candidate from the ABVP+PUSU+SAP alliance by a margin of 1,688 votes. Preeti, a student of the geography department at PU, also received the maximum votes from UIET (490 votes). She managed to get 140 votes from her department and 266 votes from UILS.
Rishi Bhardwaj, the National Students’ Organisation’s (NSO) winning candidate for the post of secretary, received 592 votes from UIET. Though he received only 62 votes from his biophysics department, he managed to get 206 votes from the University Institute of Chemical Engineering & Technology (UICET). Rishi also secured 197 votes from the Dr HS Judge Institute of Dental Sciences.
While Swati Tiwana from the Indian National Students’ Organisation (INSO) won the post of the joint-secretary, Harmanpreet Mahey received the maximum number of votes from UIET (802 votes). Harmanpreet, a student of UIET, was contesting from the ABVP+PUSU+SAP alliance this year.
The winning joint-secretary candidate, Swati, a student of the law department at PU, secured 334 votes from UIET and 343 votes from her department. She also secured 215 votes from UICET.
Departments like fine arts, Urdu, Sanskrit, geography, microbial technology and philosophy witnessed very low participation this year.