Jawaharlal Nehru University will vote for its Students’ Union on September 9. Around 200 nominations were filed on Wednesday, the final list being declared today after scrutiny by the election office. Approximately 120 nominations received were for the post of councillors in different schools and 75 for the central panel.
The poll pattern at JNU, however, differs from that of Delhi University. Besides the routine campaigning, the candidates in JNU are also supposed to make speeches about their agenda followed by a round of questions at the “Presidential debate”, which will take place on September 7. The next day will be a no campaign day. Counting will start on the polling day itself but the results will be declared on September 12.
Former JNUSU general secretary Rama Naga said that when the voters’ lists were put up on Tuesday by the JNU election commission, 16 out of 21 students who were found guilty by the university-appointed enquiry committee in connection with the February 9 sedition incident on campus found their names missing from the voters’ list for the students’ union polls.
They have been informed by the university administration that they will not be allowed to participate in the polls unless they pay the fine the appellate body had imposed on them.
The date for JNUSU elections has been coinciding with the Delhi University students’ union polls for the fourth consecutive year now. The students try to keep the two election dates in sync so that student wings can coordinate their rallies and the results of one election don’t impact the other poll.