Panjab University student election on September 6, poll code in force
Panjab University will hold elections for the Panjab University Campus Students’ Council (PUCSC) on September 6. Announcing the election details on Tuesday, dean students welfare (DSW) Emanual Nahar said nominations will be filed on August 30.
The final list of candidates after scrutiny and withdrawals will be displayed on August 31.
Around 15,000 students on the university campus will vote to elect the president, vice-president, general secretary and joint secretary of the students’ council.
Among the 24 parties in fray on campus, Students Organisation of India (SOI), National Students Union of India (NSUI) and Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP) are affiliated to mainstream parties Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), Indian National Congress (IND) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), respectively. The student elections this year hold significance for these parties ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
Last year, NSUI had won three of the four posts in alliance with the Gandhi Group Students’ Union (GGSU), Hindustan Students Association (HSA), Himachal Students Union (HIMSU), National Students’ Organisation (NSO), Panjab University Student Union (PUSU) and PFS (PUSU for Students). Indian Students’ Association (ISA) had won the post of joint secretary.
In the past few years, leftist student organisation Students for Society (SFS) has come up as a major challenge to these parties, having received rousing support from students. It had finished second last year.
Nahar said, “With the announcement of election date, poll code will be in force from August 28, and Lyngdoh guidelines will be implemented. These will be displayed at 10 places on the campus, including hostels. Students cannot use any printed material, pamphlets, etc. Only hand-written material will be allowed. Stickers are not allowed on vehicles, and violators will be fined Rs 100.”
The DSW said vice-chancellor Prof Raj Kumar and dean of university instruction (DUI) will hold a meeting with chairpersons of various departments on August 29. The DSW will also hold a meeting with student organisations on the same day. These meetings will be held to discuss the election procedure, eligibility criteria, code of conduct, defacement and entry of outsiders, etc.
He also said they will take legal opinion on the candidature of those involved in criminal cases or stone-pelting cases, as sometimes the cases were false.
Along with the varsity, 11 private and government colleges affiliated to PU will also hold elections on September 6.
Code of conduct
1. Maximum permitted expenditure per candidate is Rs 5000.
2. Use of loudspeakers, vehicles and animals for canvasing is prohibited.
3. No indulgence in activity that may aggravate differences or create mutual hatred or cause tension.
4. No criticism of other candidates, than their past record and work.
5. No printed material will be allowed, only hand written material can be used.
6. No rallies or procession can be held without prior permission.