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DUSU election 2018 results HIGHLIGHTS: ABVP wins three posts, NSUI bags one; EC says EVMs not allotted by them

DUSU elections 2018 results LIVE: Counting for Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) elections was earlier suspended midway Thursday due to “faulty EVMs and the students’ uproar over it”.

By HT Correspondent | Sep 14, 2018 00:41 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, counting for which is being held today.

RSS affiliate Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad and Congress’ students’ wing National Students’ Union of India are the main contenders like every other year.

But throwing a stiff challenge to them this time will be the new alliance between All India Students’ Association, a far-Left organisation, and the Aam Aadmi Party’s students’ wing Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti.

The elections went off peacefully on Wednesday with a turnout of around 44.46% — slightly more than 43 % recorded last year.

Here are the highlights:

21:28 pm IST

ABVP wins three posts, NSUI bags one seat

ABVP won the posts of president, vice president and joint secretary. NSUI won the secretary’s post.

21:00 pm IST

EC says EVMs for DUSU elections procured privately

8:30 pm IST

Last two rounds left, ABVP in the lead

ABVP leading with 60 votes for president’s post.

NSUI leading on secretary post with 1500 votes

ABVP leading on vice president and joint secretary posts with 8000 votes and 100 votes respectively.

20:09 pm IST

ABVP gets back lead for president’s post

With five rounds of counting left, ABVP again moves ahead of NSUI with 900 votes for president’s post.

ABVP’s vice president candidate Shakti Singh is leading with 4000 votes. The party’s joint secretary candidate is leading with 1600 votes

7:48 pm IST

NSUI ahead of ABVP for president’s post

NSUI candidate Sunny Chillar moves ahead of ABVP candidate Ankiv Baisoya for the post of president.

7:30 pm IST

Close contest for president’s post

Tough fight for post of president with ABVP leading with 500 votes. ABVP candidate is leading for the vice-president’s post with a margin of 3500 votes.

ABVP candidate leading with 950 votes for the join secretary post.

6:39 pm IST

ABVP leading for three posts after 10 rounds

After 10 rounds of counting, ABVP is ahead in the race for the posts of president, vice president, joint secretary.

In the initial trends, Congress-backed NSUI was leading for the president post, while BJP-affiliated ABVP was leading for the vice president’s post.

5:40 pm IST

Vote counting resumes

Counting has resumed after being suspended due to fault in EVMs . The counting resumed from 7th round.

4:50 pm IST

Counting of votes to resume soon

Counting of votes which was suspended due to fault in EVMs to resume in next half an hour: Official

4:30 pm IST

NSUI candidates getting zero votes, alleges party president

4:15 pm IST

Counting of votes still suspended

There was no word from the election committee on whether it will resume the counting on Thursday or postpone it to some other day.

Before the exercise was suspending, six rounds of vote counting was completed.

3:55 pm IST

Student parties agree to resumption of vote counting

Counting might resume as all student parties have agreed on resuming the exercise.

3:30pm IST

Meanwhile, Delhi HC observation on JNU’s pre-poll debates

Pre-poll debates need not be limited to student body elections in the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and it should be taken beyond that, the Delhi High Court has said.

“Why should debates be limited to JNU elections only? You should take it beyond,” said Justice Siddharth Mridul .

3:17pm IST

ABVP wants resumption of vote counting

“Only one EVM was faulty and it can be repaired. We want the counting to be resumed. Since we were leading on all the seats, the other parties are demanding fresh elections,” said ABVP’s Shakti Singh,reports PTI.

Shakti Singh further told our reporter that poll officials should take action against the NSUI members. The counting of votes were stopped because the pressure from NSUI, they were creating ruckus inside the counting centre.

3:15pm IST

NSUI demanding fresh elections

The polls are being held at the behest of the central government. The EVMs were tampered with. We want fresh elections,” Rocky Tuseed of the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) said, reports PTI.

3:00pm IST

Sloganeering and ruckus outside counting centre

The supporters of both ABVP and NSUI shouting slogans against the Delhi University administration and created a ruckus inside the counting centre.

2:50pm IST

ABVP Secretary candidate tries to enter counting centre

ABVP candidate for the post of Secretary Sudhir Dedha tried to enter the counting centre by breaking the glass door.

2:38pm IST

AAP takes a dig at BJP government over DUSU vote counting

2:30pm IST

ABVP wants resumption of counting

ABVP is demanding the counting to be resumed, while NSUI is demanding re election.

2:24pm IST

Election officials meet, final decision by evening

Counting suspended for today, we are meeting and will announce the final decision by the evening, says election officer VK Kaul.

2:17pm IST

Heavy police presence outside counting centre

Heavy security deployed outside counting centre, as there was scuffle following suspension of counting of votes.

2:05pm IST

NSUI complains of EVM rigging

1:50pm IST

Counting halted due to fault in EVMs and ruckus

Counting for Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) elections suspended due to fault in EVMs and ruckus by students: DUSU election officer, reports PTI.

“We had proposed rectification of the faulty EVMs and resumption of the counting but the students were not ready for it. It was decided to suspend counting. A fresh date for the counting will be announced soon,” an election officer for DUSU polls said.

1:35pm IST

EVMs malfunction led to disruptions

Three EVMs were not working properly. One of the EVM used for Secretary seat polling was showing 40 votes on ballot no. 10, while the machine had only 8 candidates with number 9 slot being NOTA.

1:30pm IST

Counting suspended

Members of both ABVP and NSUI created ruckus inside the counting centre. They tried to jump the barricades. and had verbal spat with officials. Following which counting has been suspended. Next date will be announced later.

1:15pm IST

In college panel voting, NSUI and ABVP locked in close battle

In the college panel voting, the ABVP and NSUI were locked in a close battle. NSUI claimed it had won more than 70 seats in 20 morning colleges. The ABVP said it had won 71 seats in 19 morning colleges.

1:10pm IST

Voted to makes campus free of hooliganism and violence

We can’t allow violence and goondagardi on the campus. We want to make it loud and clear to the political groups who propagate hooliganism in the University,” said Shreya, 18, a first-year Economics (H) student at the college.

12:55pm IST

NSUI accuses administration of EVM tampering

NSUI members protesting outside counting centre, saying the administration is trying to tamper the results as ABVP is losing the President’s seat.

12:48pm IST

Counting stopped again

EVMs not working properly, counting stopped once again.

Earlier, the counting began late due to some EVM issue, and then it was halted at 11:30am due to a technical glitch in one of the EVMs.

12:44pm IST

Counting of results is divided in 16 rounds.

6 rounds of counting completed, 10 more to go.

12:41pm IST

ABVP ahead on Vice-President, Joint Secretary seats

ABVP’s Shakti Singh and Jyoti Choudhary are leading for the vice president and joint secretary posts, respectively.

12:39pm IST

NSUI leads with President, Secretary seats

NSUI’s Sunny Chillar and Akash Choudhary are leading on both President and Secretary seats respectively.

NSUI supporters showing no. 1 finger to support their candidate whose ballet no. Is one at counting centre at New Police Line in New Delhi. ( HT Photo )

12:35pm IST

NSUI leading on 2 seats

After 6 rounds of counting, NSUI is currently leading on Presidential and Secretary seats, while ABVP is leading on Vice-President and Joint Secretary seats.

12:20pm IST

Heavy security outside counting centre

There is a heavy police presence outside the centre where the votes are being counted.

12:01pm IST

Counting resumes

Counting of votes resumes after a slight delay due to EVM malfunction.

11:55am IST

Hoping that elected representatives fulfil our promises

Every year, all the political groups promise for more on-campus hostels and cheaper bus and Metro passes. But, nothing actually happens. We are hoping that this time they fulfil their promises after being elected to the DUSU,”said Sheetal Sandhya, a second year Botany (H) student at the College.

11:45am IST

No incident on EVM glitch: CEO

Everything remained peaceful in the first round of voting. There was no incident of any EVM glitch anywhere, Chief Election Officer Vijay Kaul on Wednesday told IANS.

11:32am IST

Counting of votes halted

Counting of votes stopped due to technical issue in the EVMs.

11:29am IST

AAP’s student wing CYSS partnered with AISA for DU polls

After a poor performance in 2015, the student wing of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS), has joined the fray this year by partnering with leftist group All India Students’ Association (AISA), affiliated with CPI-Marxist-Leninist.

11:24am IST

NSUI vs ABVP for Presidential Post

Ankiv Baisoya of ABVP and Sunny Chhillar of NSUI are battling each other for the post of President.

11:04am IST

NSUI leading on Presidential Post

NSUI is leading on Presidential Post, while ABVP is leading on Vice-President, Secretary and Joint Secretary post.

10:44am IST

JNUSU president’s post poll on Friday

The election to the JNUSU president’s post is scheduled to be held on Friday.

10:42am IST

Meanwhile, JNU students union poll debate was held last night

It was a fiery presidential debate ahead of the JNU Students Union (JNUSU) polls, with candidates alleging that “anti-national” elements were present on the institute’s campus and the country was turning into “lynchistan”, reports PTI.

10:30am IST

There was a delay in polling

In Vivekananda College, polling started late because of a delay in arrival of electronic voting machines.

10:10am IST

Some students opted for NOTA

Suraj Bajaj, a third year student at Ramjas College said, “All these students groups are trying to gain political benefits through student union polls. They actually have no concerns for students.”

10:05am IST

How NSUI, ABVP view DUSU elections

The NSUI said it is considers the DUSU polls as an “election of prestige”. The ABVP is using the elections to promote the BJP’s schemes on campus.

10:03am IST

Voter turnout in several colleges

The Aurobindo College witnessed a turnout of 44.72 per cent, Hansraj 50 per cent, Deshbandhu College 44 per cent and Aditi Mahavidyalaya 48 per cent.

9:53am IST

Senior faculty members were posted as observers

Senior faculty members were posted during the polling as poll observers to ensure smooth functioning.

9:50am IST

Counting begins after a slight delay

Counting of votes was scheduled to begin at 8am but began at 9:45am due to some technical issues.

9:30am IST

Action to be taken against candidates who violated law

The bench directed the police, the municipal bodies and Delhi University to file reports indicating the extent of defacement, the steps that were taken to prevent it and action taken against each candidate who violated the law, reports PTI.

9:16am IST

DUSU elections like a trial match before 2019 Lok Sabha polls

Some students, however, said the DUSU elections this year is like a “trial match” for all political student groups before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections as it will gauge the electoral mood among the youth.

9:12am IST

Key promises made by the contestants

NSUI has promised the ‘Institute of Eminence’ tag for Delhi University and thalis at Rs 10 in canteens.

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 on promoting sports and installing sanitary pad vending machines in college campuses.

After the AAP came to power in Delhi in February 2015, its students’ wing had unsuccessfully contested the DUSU polls. This time, it has promised installation of CCTV cameras, setting up of police booths in the campus, ending the “culture of hooliganism” and opposition to “commercialisation of education”.

9:00am IST

Low representation of women

Out of 17 women’s colleges, only about 5 participated in DUSU elections. And out of the 23 candidates, only five are women.

8:34am IST

ABVP , NSUI members were detained for violating poll norms

ABVP, NSUI members were spotted distributing paper pamphlets on Wednesday. A few were detained for violating norms by canvassing outside the polling booths.

8:31am IST

Key candidates for president’s post

- Ankiv Baisoya (ABVP)

- Sunny Chillar (NSUI)

- Abhigyan (AISA-CYSS)

8:30am IST

Key candidates for vice-president’s post

- Shakti Singh (ABVP)

- Leena (NSUI

- Anshika (AISA-CYSS)

8:20am IST

ABVP and NSUI locked in a close battle

In the college panel voting, the ABVP and NSUI were locked in a close battle. NSUI claimed it had won more than 70 seats in 20 morning colleges. The ABVP said it had won 71 seats in 19 morning colleges.

8:19am IST

Voting was held in two shifts

In the morning colleges, polling began at 8.30 am and ended at 1 pm. In the evening colleges, polling was held between 3-7.30 pm.

8:18am IST

Counting of votes delayed

Some technical issue is delaying the start of vote count.

8:17am IST

Voter turnout was 44.5%

Around 44.46 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 7.30 pm on Wednesday. It was the highest in last 11 years.

8:10am IST

Polling was conducted under heavy security

More than 2,500 policemen were deployed in Delhi University’s (DU) North and South campus colleges for the DUSU elections on Wednesday to maintain law and order.

8:07am IST

Counting to votes to begin at 8:30am

The counting for the DUSU polls will begin at 8.30 am . Polling took place at 52 centres in the colleges, where 1.35 lakh voters participated deciding the fate of 23 candidates.