Published: 10th September 2019
JNU issues notices to election committee accusing them of rigging, booth capture in JNUSU polls
The GRC has alleged that people who were not students of the University were present at the polling booth and in the counting room
The Grievance Redressal Cell of JNU has accused the JNUSU Election Committee of violating rules of the Lyngdoh Committee. All the JNUSU election committee members have been issued a notice and directed to submit their reply along with evidence to support their defence by September 11.
The administration has accused the committee of serious violations including the allegation that people who were not students of the University being present at the polling booth and in the counting room during the elections. The GRC has also said in its notice that the observers appointed by the body were not permitted to visit the polling booth area and counting room. Allegedly, one of the Councillor seats was allotted to a part-time student which was in violation of the clauses.
The other issues raised in the notice sent to the Election Committee include the fact that places of University campus without taking the approval of the concerned authority. That representation to all schools, special centres was not given in the elections. "As per schedule issued by the Election Committee, the entire process of the election, from the date of filing of nominations to declaration of final results has exceeded more than 10 days which is a violation of the clause. The list of eligible candidates was published without proper verification of academic records from the Chief Proctors and other authorities," the notice stated. It is pertinent to add here that the results would have been announced on September 8, but has been withheld by a Delhi High Court stay order issued based on a complaint by students.
In their statement, AISA has called the notice an attack on the members of the JNUSU election committee. They accused the administration of trying to interfere in the process. "The real violator of the LCR is the Dean of Students who barged into counting halls to intimidate the EC. It is unfortunate that now the administration is trying accusing the JNUSU EC of ‘violations’, at a time when the JNUSU EC is valiantly defending democratic traditions," the students said.
The students also said that all the ten points raised in the notice were frivolous but are matters that have either been already solved or are sub judice in courts. "We stand with the JNUSU EC which handled the situation with remarkable resilience, just like last year when they faced wanton violence and intimidation. We strongly condemn the issuing of notices and summons against them. We demand that the JNU admin immediately take back the notices and unconditionally apologize to JNUSU EC and JNU community for falsely accusing the EC, " the AISA said.