New Delhi: Half-way through, counting for the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) elections was suspended on Thursday, September 13, after much hue and cry.
Reportedly, the counting was halted due to faulty EVMs and clashes between various student groups. Initially, the counting was halted for about an hour after many alleged that the EVMs were malfunctioning. The counting had to be entirely suspended. However, as students began to object when election officials suggested “rectification and resumption of the counting” process, it was reported.
Polling for the elections took place at 52 centres in the various colleges on Wednesday, for which there was a voter turnout of 44.46 percent. As many as 23 candidates contested in the polls.
In the initial phases of the counting process, the Congress-affiliated NSUI was leading in the president’s post, while their rival, the BJP-affiliated ABVP led in the vice-president’s post.
It was reported that the varsity confirmed that faulty EVMs were the reason behind the suspension of the counting process and that the students were asked to go home as new dates for the counting would be announced.
While the NSUI has asked for the varsity to conduct a fresh election, ABVP supporters continue to demand the resumption of the counting process.
Security has been pumped up in the area considering the volatility if the situation.