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Canvassing ends, polling today

india Updated: Aug 26, 2006 00:13 IST
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CANVASSING FOR the candidates contesting for the posts of president and the general secretary of the college unions in all the four degree colleges has ended here today. All these colleges will go to poll on Saturday.

In order to make preparations for proper and systematised polling, the colleges were closed and the students were refused permission to enter the college campus. However, the election managers of each candidate were allowed to satisfy themselves with the arrangement to ensure fairness at the polling.

Colleges, which will go to poll in the first phase of the union elections included Brahma Nand Degree College, Halim Muslim College, DC Law and Juhari Devi Girls Degree College.

The district administration has made heavy police arrangements at the BND, DC Law and Halim Muslim College to avoid any untoward incident during the polling to-morrow. Students of these colleges were directed to bring their identity cards or the fee receipts for ascertaining their identity. Students who will not produce any satisfactory document will not be allowed to cast his vote.

Candidates have also been warned against putting up their camps near the college or making any canvassing in any manner.

However, the election related activities at another eight degree colleges where polling will be held on August 27 and August 28 is on the low ebb. Polling at the SN Sen, HSJS, DAV, PPN and DBS colleges will take place on August 27 while VSSD, Mahila Mahavidyalaya and the DG College will go to poll on August 28.

One could witness lack of enthusiasm among the students at all these eight colleges where canvassing inside the college premises in the modest for has not been banned. But students have hardly any interest in canvassing programmes chiefly because of two reasons. On the one hand, the strict implementation of the union election code enforced by the court did not permit the students, candidates and their supporters to violate the conduct of code at the colleges.

On the other hand, a large number of students have also joined coaching for the professional courses and they do not have time to waste in election activities.

Consequently, the classes in all the colleges were being conducted peacefully and the college management also refused permission for creating any noisy canvassing. At SN Sen College, the students were allowed to carry on canvassing with fun and frolic but a violence between the two candidates two days back forced the college principal to ban canvassing in the college campus.

However, several students at some of these colleges told Hindustan Times that they were under pressure of studies as besides, graduation and post graduation course they have joined coaching for appearing at the various competitive examinations. They had no time for un-productive activities like electioneering.

Many of them said that they would not even cast their vote on the day.

Girl students at the co-education colleges said that following apprehension of violence during the polling they might not get permission to go college for casting their votes. Candidates at the SN Sen Girls College students’ union apprehended very low vote percentage as the polling was fixed on Sunday.

Effective implementation of the election code has given a sigh of relief to the daily commuters and the traders.

Traders were protected against paying compulsory donation for election to the candidates while the commuters escaped road blockade.

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