Delhi University’s web presence is going to help its students’ union election nominees in their poll campaign for the first time this year.
Nominees for Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU), who want to put their agenda or any other material online, will have to submit the documents to the chief Election Office in advance.
Only after it is checked for offensive material will it be allowed to appear on the university's site and Facebook page.
"We will make sure that no objectionable material is allowed to go on either of our online presence. This is for the first time this facility has been provided to the nominees," said Usha Rao, chief election officer, DU.
But candidates are not even aware that this provision exists. Though they have posted their agenda and other campaign data on their website and Facebook pages, they had no idea about DU's new policy.
"The issues we want to raise in this year's campaign are on our website but we had no idea that we could send material to the authorities as well. We will do this as soon as we can," said Sanjay Kumar, member, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), which has nominated seven students for polls this year.
Other parties have also failed to send in material clearly indicating that few have read the Code of Conduct that the university has come out with, in which the provision for sending material has been mentioned under the section Facilities for Election Candidates.
"We think they will send something in the coming days," Rao added.
Disabled friendly EVMs
Candidates' online presence is not the only new thing that DU is doing this year.
Special arrangements will be made for disabled students to make sure that voting becomes easy for them.
Special Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) will be present at all voting booths for visually challenged students. These will have the names of candidates in Braille. It will also be ensured that all voting booths have ramps.
"To make the process more inclusive, we have come out with all election-related instructions and code of conduct in both Hindi and English. Earlier these were in English only," Rao added.