New Delhi: The University of Delhi recorded a voter turnout of 42 percent as students exercised their voting rights for the DUSU’s central panel, marking the first such election in nearly four years. The campus was under heavy police presence and various organizations made last-minute efforts to garner votes, as reported by PTI. Prof. Chander Shekhar, the chief election officer for the polls, reported a 42 percent voter turnout, surpassing the 2019 figure of 39.90 percent but falling short of the nearly 11-year-high recorded in 2018 at 44.46 percent and 2017 at 42.80 percent.
The Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) elections had last taken place in 2019. Subsequent elections were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and potential disruptions to the academic calendar prevented their conduct in 2022. Voting for the DUSU elections concluded late on Friday and the results of all four central panel posts — president, vice-president, secretary and joint secretary — will be announced today.
Tanupriya, a first-year student of Hansraj College, expressed hope that the students’ leaders will “work tirelessly and improve the campus environment”.
Aastha Verma, another first-year student of Hansraj College, said the outcome of the elections will impact not only the university’s future but also their education.
Vaishali, a fresher from Miranda House, said several changes are needed to enhance the campus experience and added that the students are eagerly waiting for the promises made by students’ leaders to become a reality.
Miranda House student Nikita highlighted the issue of security, especially during college fests.
“On numerous occasions, some women have found themselves in unexpected and alarming situations during these festivities. Incidents like these dampen the students’ mood and also raise concern about their safety,” she said.
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