Delhi University's Student Union Elections are going to held on Sept 12, Tuesday. The decision to hold the elections on Sep 12 has made student bodies worried as they feel that there may not be enough time campaign properly for the election.
The final list of the candidates will be released on September 6 in the evening. The parties are worried because after the release of the list they will only get two full days to campaigning i.e. Thursday and Friday. Monday, a day before elections is no campaigning day.
In the last year's election the poll recorded only 37 percent of the votes. Tuesday will be a holiday due to elections and students are worried that many students may club the holiday with Weekend and take the off on Monday and not turn up on the voting day.
“When we had elections on Friday, we got time from Monday to campaign. Now, Saturday is a half day, Sunday is a holiday, and on Monday, we won't be able to campaign because of the Code of Conduct. So we've lost almost three days. It is nearly impossible to cover 70 colleges in two-and-a-half days,” said Neeraj Mishra, NSUI spokesperson.
Kawalpreet Kaur from the AISA said smaller organizations will face even a bigger challenge this year. “Organizations like ours entirely depend on class-to-class campaigns, and to cover so many colleges in two days will be difficult,” Kaur said.
Chief Election Officer S B Babbar said, “Admissions are on till August 31, and September 2 is a holiday because of Eid. So we could not have notified the elections before, and after notification 10 days are needed for the full process. It could have been held on September 15, but that would have flouted Lyngdoh Committeeʼs eight-week restriction. So we had to keep it midweek.”