Published: 12th September 2019
DUSU Elections: Only 40% students show up to vote, ABVP wins in 30 colleges
The polls, spread over two phases, were completed rather peacefully with isolated incidents of violence and accusations of EVM malpractice
The DUSU Elections ended with an overall voter turnout of 40 per cent on September 12. The results are set to be announced on September 13. The voter turnout this year was lower than the 2018 elections. "Last year Ramjas College had 2,800 students coming out to vote. This year it's just 2,200. Hindu College saw a voter turnout of around 2,100 as opposed to last year's 2,700. Other colleges like Khalsa College and Sri Ram College Of Commerce also saw really low voter turnout," said AISA President Kawalpreet Kaur.
Though the authorities have not confirmed the numbers yet the students are confident that the voter turnout this year has not been above 40 per cent that would mean a drop of 4.6 per cent from previous year's voter turnout — 44.6 per cent. "The number of student have increased this year owing to the introduction of the EWS quota so the ratio might be even lower this time," said Kawalpreet.
The results of the college internal committees were announced on the day of the election. ABVP had a good day winning seats in 30 colleges overall. Sidharth Yadav, State Secretary, ABVP, Delhi, said, “ABVP has won by a landslide in many college internal elections. These are very encouraging signs as far as the impending outcome of the DUSU poll is concerned. Such enthusiasm of student-voters reinforces the spirit of grassroots democracy and strengthens our resolve to make a credible, responsible and student-friendly DUSU."
Earlier in the day, the Congress affiliated NSUI has alleged that the EVMs used in the DUSU elections were faulty. Ruchi Gupta, NSUI national in-charge tweeted, "Again, in Aryabhatta college, EVM is malfunctioning as usual AGAINST NSUI. When the ballot is pressed for NSUI candidate, EVM does not light up to indicate registration of vote."
However, an election committee member said the votes were being cast but there was some problem with the light that glows. It was replaced, he said, adding 152 votes had been cast. NSUI's secretary candidate Ashish Lamba was not allowed to enter Ramjas College after ABVP alleged he had brought some outsiders with him. Police said they have not received any complaint so far and the election has been peaceful. NSUI's Joint Secretarial candidate Abhishek Chaprana was also, allegedly, assaulted and wrongly accused of canvassing for votes by the police at the Dayal Singh Collegein South Delhi.
The final results will be declared on September 13.