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PU polls: Student outfits turn to social media websites, phone calls for campaigning

This year, many parties made video songs for promotion. Apart from it, most party members put their panel codes on their WhatsApp stories.

punjab Updated: Sep 06, 2018 09:24 IST
Srishti Jaswal
Srishti Jaswal
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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A day before Panjab University elections, no rallies were conducted on college campuses in the city, as the student wings feared action in wake of the implementation of Lyngdoh Guidelines.

On Wednesday, members of various student wings resorted to social media websites and made last phone calls to woo voters.

This year, many parties made video songs for promotion. Apart from it, most party members put their panel codes on their WhatsApp stories. On Wednesday, some of the candidates urged the students to timely cast their votes. They also asked the students to carry identity cards with them so as to avoid any hassle.

On Thursday, over 43,000 students of nine colleges will vote for the post of president, vice -president, general secretary and joint secretary.

Fewer students on college campuses

Students were hardly seen on campus on Wednesday as teachers were on a strike on the call of the teachers’ union.

At DAV College, Sector 10, and Goswami Ganesh Dutta Sanatan Dharma (GGDSD) College, Sector 32, many students, who came to college, left early. However, at girls colleges, the strength of students was substantial, owing to Teachers’ Day celebrations in various departments.

No campaigning in hostels

Aman Goyat, a student of Post Graduate Government College (PGGC), Sector 11, said “Campaigning was not allowed in hostels. However, many parties pitched students on a one-to-one basis. The students who were not allowed to enter the hostels, in absence of identity card, trespassed the hostel wall.”

Security in place

The security arrangement for the polls includes 977 security staffers, including eight deputy superintendent of police (DSP), 24 inspectors. The DSPs will supervise the arrangements at the varsity, colleges and institutions.

Instructions for presiding officers

To avoid bogus voting, the presiding officer were instructed by the election commission of the respective colleges to put full signature on the back of ballot papers before issuing it to the voter.

They were also asked to issue ballot papers to the voters only after tallying identity card with the voters’ list. For each booth, a specific voters’ list will be assigned.

Besides, officers were informed that a vote will be marked invalid if any mark is found on the ballot paper.

First Published: Sep 06, 2018 09:24 IST