The BJP affiliated Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) swept three important posts in Delhi University Student Union (DUSU) elections while Congress backed National Student Union of India (NSUI) settled with one post. But the poll figures speaks a new story where NOTA votes were higher than total votes polled in favor of each winning candidate.
First time introduced “None of The Above” (NOTA) was highly used by the students in DU elections. As many as 17,712 NOTA votes were exercised by the students. Interestingly, this NOTA figure was more than votes polled in favor of each winning candidates.
ABVP’s Amit Tanwar got 16,357, Priyanka got 15,592 votes, Ankit Singh Sangwan got 15,518 votes and NSUI’s Mohit Garid got 16,526. The figures reveals that none of the winning candidates got more votes than it was polled in favor of NOTA.
Does it mean that the students were not happy with the candidates contesting the DU Student Union elections or they weren’t in favor of student elections in the campus? Whatever is the story behind 17000 NOTA votes but it has raised many questions on making the NOTA useful in the elections.
The DUSU polls were held on Friday in two phases, where fate of 17 candidates of ABVP, AISA and NSUI were locked in the ballot boxes. Seven candidates for the post of President and four for the post of Vice-President.
As per report, nearly 45,000 votes were polled a total of 1,23,246 voters, which was some 36 percent only. For elections 117 booths in 51 colleges were set up.