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Age, money and record will matter

The Supreme Court accepted the report of the JM Lyngdoh Committee on elections to students? unions.

india Updated: Sep 23, 2006 06:33 IST

Elections in colleges and universities will not be the same any more. On Friday, the Supreme Court accepted the report of the JM Lyngdoh Committee on elections to students’ unions.

The panel has made elaborate recommendations including yearly elections, a ban on political donations, a ceiling of Rs 5,000 on poll expenses, a ban on printed posters and banners, an age limit of 28 for candidates and the completion of the poll process in 10 days.

Candidates should be full-time students without any criminal record or academic arrears and they would be allowed to contest only once for the post of an office-bearer and twice for the post of an executive member, the committee said.

The Supreme Court directed the Centre, states and Union territories to implement the recommendations immediately as an interim measure.