Securing early leads in students’ union elections at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), the All India Students’ Association (AISA) is confident of a clean sweep of all four central panel seats this year.
Based on the nearly 3,000 votes counted till Sunday evening, AISA’s presidential candidate Akbar Chawdhary was leading with 1,155 votes. Democratic Students’ Federations’ (DSF) Ishan Anand was in second place with 466 votes.
Speaking to Newsline, Chawdhary said, “We are confident of a win as we are leading in at least three of four central panel seats.”
For the post of vice-president, AISA’s Anubhuti Agnes Bara was in the lead with 1,267 votes. This figure was based on the counting of 2,955 votes. Bagra’s contender, Zeeshan Ali from DSF had secured 486 votes.
AISA maintained its lead even for the post of the general secretary, with its candidate Sandeep Saurav bagging 892 votes. However, the second position saw a surprise candidate in National Student’s Union of India’s (NSUI) Caroline Maninee, who inched her way up to be second only to Saurav with 517 votes.
One-year-old DSF’s only lead came at the joint-secretary’s position with Sonam Goyal bagging 1,227 votes against AISA’s Sarfaraz Hamid, who had 1,001 votes as per the latest update.
Counting of votes for all the major schools has been finished except the last 1,600 votes from the School of Languages. AISA views the school as a “traditional stronghold” and are as such confident of winning all councillor positions from the school.
Besides the central panel, of 31 councillor positions, AISA bagged 14 and supported another three, taking the count to 17 councillors. The DSF secured one councillor position, against five in the union. ABVP bagging six positions, one more than last year (till last count) maintaining its hold in the science schools along with the Sanskrit centre.
The results of the JNU students union elections, the polling for which took place on Saturday, were expected to be declared on Sunday. However, confusion regarding two ballot boxes remaining unsealed after voting led to a delay in counting.
According to party representatives, the ballot boxes contained at least 400 votes for the central panels seats cast