Delhi University (DU) was in for a pleasant surprise on Friday.
While last year candidates and election officers lamented the low voter turnout — between 29% and 32% — the tone was more enthusiastic this year as the voter turnout saw a jump of 7%. The final turnout was 40-45%. For the 38 candidates contesting the Delhi University Students' Union (DUSU) polls, it was good news.
The voting happened in two phases with students of morning colleges casting their votes from 8am to noon and those studying in evening colleges casting their vote from 3-7pm.
"The turnout was much better this year, with about 40-45% students coming out to vote. Through the day the situation was very calm and students were allowed to freely vote with no single party trying to manipulate them," said CS Dubey, chief election officer, DUSU.
Student parties, overwhelmed by the turnout this year, are keeping their hopes up and fingers crossed.
While the National Student's Union of India (NSUI) had won only the presidential seat last year with the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) bagging the remaining three seats, this year the former is hopeful of a good result.
"This time the situation was quite good and students came out to vote in large numbers. We are very hopeful of winning this time since we got good feedback from the election officers in some of the colleges," said Amrishranjan Pandey, spokesperson, NSUI.
Even as some student activists tried their hand at sloganeering near the law faculty, they were immediately silenced by the police personnel present there.
"Everything went off smoothly and no incident of violence was reported from any college," said a senior police official.
The election results will be declared on Saturday afternoon.