With average voting percentage recorded a little above 50 per cent, the college authorities maintained that the overall voting percentage has gone up marginally as compared to last year.
Even as the weather played a spoilsport, students on Friday were seen making a beeline to cast their vote to elect representatives for the student council at different colleges of the city.
The students were allowed to enter inside the college premises only till 10 am even as the rain made it difficult for them to stand in queues. While maximum voting of about 67 per cent was recorded at Postgraduate Government College, Sector 11, DAV College, Sector 10 witnessed the lowest at 37 per cent.
Amninder Mann, dean students’ welfare, DAV College, said, “Students turned up for voting but it was not the same as last year when about 50 per cent had come out to vote in the college. The election was held in a peaceful manner and we are especially thankful to the Chandigarh police.”
Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College, Sector 26, also saw a good voter turnout with approximately 55.6 per cent students casting their vote. SD College, Sector 32, recorded about 50 percent voting.
Bhushan K Sharma, SD College principal, said, “The voting went off very peacefully. We would like more students to cast their vote next year. The student bodies should contest on real issues which would help them get more support.”
Results pour in but no victory processions
At about 12pm, the results started pouring in from colleges where voting was held unanimously. By around 2pm, almost all colleges had their results out and the victory panels could be seen enjoying to dhol beats. No victory processions were allowed and therefore students took out a rally on foot on the college campuses and danced outside until they were asked by the police to disperse.
Students were seen dancing in the rain.
Colleges turn into fortresses
At DAV College, Sector 10, the entry was barred from all sides while barricades had been put the road.
Vehicles were not allowed in about 200 metres from the gate on both sides. About 100 policemen were present.
A similar scene prevailed at SD College, Sector 32, and Guru Gobind Singh Khalsa College, Sector 26, where heavy police presence was witnessed.
Supporters of various student panels could be seen distributing stickers to those entering the colleges. As the polling started the police shooed away all voters even from outside the college gates.