NEW DELHI – Counting for the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) polls, which began on Thursday, was stopped by the election committee due to a “glitch in EVMs”.
Supporters of RSS-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and CYSS-AISA alliance, raised slogans against the University and demanding resumption of counting.
Six rounds of vote counting have been completed.
There was no word from the election committee on whether it will resume the counting on Thursday or postpone it to some other day.
In the polling that took place on Wednesday, just under 45 per cent of students cast their ballots for 23 candidates contesting for various positions forming the central panel of the union.
Traditionally, the Congress-backed National Students Union of India (NSUI) and ABVP, have won the DUSU polls, sometimes sharing the posts of office bearers.
After an unflattering debut in 2015, the Aam Aadmi Party’s Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS) is back this year as an allied partner of leftist group All India Students’ Association (AISA).
The four posts of President, Vice President, Secretary and Joint Secretary form the central panel, which is elected for one year.
Initial trends showed the National Students Union of India was leading for the DUSU president’s post, and the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad inching closer to take the vice president’s post.
Commenting on the development, NSUI president Fairoz Khan said: “EVM’s are being misused in such a manner that NSUI candidates are getting zero votes and rest votes are being polled on the 10th number, where there are 8 Candidate names and no time as 10th number. ABVP has thus murdered Democracy today.”
EVM's are being misused in such a manner that NSUI candidates are getting zero votes and rest votes are being polled on the 10th number, where there are 8 Candidate names and no time as 10th number. ABVP has thus murdered Democracy today. #murderersofdemocracy pic.twitter.com/m1uHe02YCt
— Fairoz Khan (@Fairoz_JK) September 13, 2018
“Delhi University election counting depicts the pathetic picture of the violent murder of the Democracy by ABVP that too in front of the police. ABVP has butchered the democratic values,” he further said.
Reports say that members of both NSUI and ABVP have clashed over suspension of counting. Police force deployed at the campus to maintain law and order.
Supreme Court lawyer and social activist Prashant Bhushan demanded restoration of ballot papers for elections in the country.
6 EVMs found faulty in #DUSUElection2018 because of which counting has been suspended! Incompetence or fraud? Either way, it's a pointer to revert back to paper ballots which are safer. Not that they ensure against booth capturing https://t.co/dZYWmZF3Dk
— Prashant Bhushan (@pbhushan1) September 13, 2018
Several political parties except BJP have been demanding return of ballot papers for Assembly and Lok Sabha elections in the wake of several incidents of EVM glitches during voting.
— With Inputs From IANS