The campus is yet again preparing itself for another round of elections. This time, it is the annual elections of Delhi University Students Union, which are expected to be held on September 4. However, contrary to the usual pattern, the varsity, which is extremely cluttered with flyers during peak election season, has witnessed very little canvassing this year around.
This can be attributed to the code of conduct set by the varsity on the lines of the Supreme Court judgment and stringent reinforcing of the recommendations of the Lyngdoh reforms.
As per this code of conduct, candidates are prohibited from using printed posters, printed pamphlet, or any other printed material for the purpose of canvassing. Only handmade posters can be utilised for this purpose, provided their cost it is within the allocated budget of Rs 5000.To avoid disturbance around the campus and avoid wastage of resources, the use of vehicles or loudspeakers too is not permitted . Hostels, usually the prime ground for canvassing, are off limits for campaigning post 10 p.m.
However, authorities have come up with alternate arrangements so that candidates can familiarize voters with their agenda without disturbing the regular functioning of the university.
A Website has been hosted by Delhi University Computer Centre to upload the propaganda material. The candidates shall be allowed a fixed time on DU Community Radio 100.4 for campaigning post August 27. However the material to be put on the website and on air has to be checked and approved by the chief election officer to avoid any objectionable content.
The publication of the final list of candidates is to be announced on the 27th of August.
Polling will take place 8 days afterwards.
Students attending morning classes can cast their vote anytime between 8 30 a.m. to 12: 30 p.m. Those students attending evening classes can do the same from 3 p.m to 7 p.m.
In light of this situation, students generally felt that the strict implementation of the prescribed code of conduct is a positive step towards a more systematic and transparent election and may encourage a greater voter turn out this year.