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DUSU Elections 2018 Highlights: 44.6% overall voter turnout recorded

DUSU Elections 2018 highlights: As many as 1.35 lakh students voted to decide the fate of 23 candidates in the Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) polls.

By HT Correspondent | Sep 12, 2018 23:55 IST

As many as 1.35 lakh students voted to decide the fate of 23 candidates in the Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) elections on Wednesday.

Around 700 electronic voting machines (EVMs) were installed in 52 centres. The polling in the morning colleges commenced at 8 am and ended at 1:30 pm, while in evening colleges, the voting was held between 3 pm and 7.30 pm.

The DUSU election 2018 results will be announced on September 13. Last year, the polls saw a 43-per cent voter turnout.

Ankiv Baisoya, 23, is ABVP’s presidential candidate and Shakti Singh, 23, is its vice-presidential candidate.

NSUI has fielded Sunny Chillar, 21 and Leena, 23, post of president and vice-president.

The AISA-CYSS alliance has fielded Abhigyan, 18 for the post of president and Ankshika, 17, for the post of vice-president

Here are the highlights:

11:30 pm IST

44.46 % final voter turnout

Delhi University Students’ Union polls went off peacefully with around 44.46 per cent voter turnout till 7.30 pm. It was slightly more than 43 % turnout recorded last year.

7:35 pm IST

Voting ends for evening classes

Voting ends for students in evening shift.

43.8% voter turnout recorded in morning session.

4:45 pm IST

DUSU polls test for parties’ popularity among youths: Students

Students who voted in the Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) polls on Wednesday said the results will help political parties gauge the mood of young voters ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Prakhar Yadav, a second year student of BA (Hons) in Hindi at Hansraj College, said the results of the DUSU polls will indicate which side the young voter is supporting and will help political parties prepare accordingly.

Prerna Bhardwaj, a second year student of BA (Hons) in Political Science at Kirori Mal College, said, “The Delhi University has students coming from across India. There can be no better way than this to know what the young India wants. In a way, the election results will be an indicator as to what the young voter of India wants.”

4:15 pm IST

50.5 % voter turnout in Ramjas College

Ramjas College in North campus recorded a voter turnout of 50.5 % .

Deshbandu College: 44% voter turnout

3:50pm IST

Raj Babbar appeals students to vote for NSUI

3:28pm IST

Counting of votes to begin at 8 am tomorrow, results to be out on same day

The counting process of Delhi University Student Union elections will be commenced tomorrow at 8 am. Last year, the polls saw a 43-per cent voter turnout.

3:25pm IST

48% voter turn out in Zakir Hussain college

48% voter turn out recorded in Zakir Hussain college in morning classes.

3:15pm IST

Voting begins for evening classes

Voting begins for evening classes, will continue till 7:30pm

2:30pm IST

Polling continues in Vikvekananda college

Polling still on in Vivekananda College. The voting there had started after almost two hours from the scheduled time because of a delay in arrival of EVMs

2:02pm IST

Faculty members posted as poll observers

Senior faculty members have been posted as observers at the centres and around 700 electronic voting machines (EVMs) have been installed

1:50pm IST

Around 50% voter turnout recorded in DU colleges

ARSD - 51 percent

Rajdhani College - 51.92 percent

Venkateswara college - 50 percent

Aryabhatta College - 43.9 percent

1:45pm IST

Gates at polling station closed

Gates at the polling stations have been closed, those still inside the rooms are being allowed to vote.

1:35pm IST

Polling for evening classes

The polling for the evening classes will begin from 3pm till 7:30pm.

1:12pm IST

Pamphlets on the road near SGTB Khalsa college

1:05pm IST

Voting percentage till 11:30pm

34% voter turnout was recorded till 11:30 as per latest data.

12:41pm IST

Voting enters final hour

The polling for DUSU elections in morning colleges have entered the last hour, with voting scheduled to close at 1:30pm.

12:30pm IST

Group of voters hoping winners will help DU get Eminence tag

A group of students at Hindu college have come out to vote hoping political groups will help DU to get “Institution of Eminence” tag.

12:17pm IST

ABVP promises to promote sports in DU

11:59am IST

Low voter turn out in DUSU elections

Voting turn out is low. Election committee says it will announce the final turn out in the evening.

11:47am IST

Student group Pinjra Tod on exclusion of women in DUSU polls

11:40am IST

ABVP members distribute refreshments to voters

11:30am IST

Voting underway at Hansraj college

11:23am IST

Delhi Police detains ABVP, NSUI members

Delhi police detains some members of political student groups for canvassing outside the polling booths. Members of both are distributing pamphlets among voters

11:10am IST

7 companies of Delhi Police deployed

Around 700 policemen have been deployed in North Campus.

10:54am IST

ABVP candidates in DUSU elections

10:45am IST

NSUI candidates in fray

10:36am IST

Students queue outside polling centre at Hansraj college

10:29am IST

NSUI and ABVP’s poll promises

While the NSUI has promised the “Institute of Eminence” tag for Delhi University and thalis for Rs 10, the ABVP has promised to spend 50 per cent of the union’s budget on women and social justice-related activities, along with a special attention to promoting sports and installing sanitary pad vending machines on college campuses.

10:21am IST

Heavy security deployed

Around 50 policemen deployed outside Zakir Hussain college as the polling is underway in DUSU elections.

10:15am IST

1.35 lakh students will vote

As many as 1.35 lakh students will decide the fate of 23 candidates in the DUSU polls.

10:13am IST

Students outside law faculty

10:10am IST

Voter turn out between 8:30 am and 9:30 am

Around 18% voter turn out was recorded in the early hours of polling.

10:05am IST

Students queue to cast votes

Queue outside the law faculty in north Campus.

10:00am IST

NSUI, ABVP Campaign for Votes on Twitter

9:45am IST

Delhi Police advisory

Delhi Police has issued an advisory stating that strict action will be taken against any caste-based vote appeal or any gesture that may hurt feelings of any community.

9:40am IST

Voting in evening colleges

Polling in evening colleges will be held between 3 pm and 7.30 pm.

9:20am IST

EVM installed in 52 centres

Around 700 electronic voting machines (EVMs) have been installed in 52 centres.

9:10am IST

Polling begins

The voting has started at the Delhi University and affiliated colleges for the student body polls. The polling for morning classes continue until 1.30 pm today, and the counting will take place on 13 September.

9:00am IST

Key candidates for vice-president’s post

- Shakti Singh (ABVP)

- Leena (NSUI

- Anshika (AISA-CYSS)

8:50am IST

Key candidates for president’s post

- Ankiv Baisoya (ABVP)

- Sunny Chillar (NSUI)

- Abhigyan (AISA-CYSS)