Delhi University recorded around 35 per cent turnout in the students’ union polls held on Friday amid tight security.
Voting took place at 50 centres and counting will start around 8 am on Saturday.
Students who have voted in previous DUSU polls said the atmosphere was rather drab this year because of the heavy police presence, barricades and CCTV cameras on the campuses of almost all DU colleges. Security was tight and students without identity cards were not allowed entry.
College staff and faculty monitored the polling centres. The streets of North Campus, too, were devoid of NSUI and ABVP supporters who would normally go around shouting slogans. Moreover, police stopped traffic during voting hours on several stretches, including the one between Chhatra Marg and Kranti Chowk near Ramjas College.
Some NSUI and ABVP were seen at Vishwavidyalaya Metro station, doing last-minute canvassing for their candidates. Many first-year students were excited about using the electronic voting machines (EVM) for the first time. “For the first time in my life, I saw an EVM and voted,” Simran Khurana of Ramjas College said.
Though EVMs with Braille stickers were placed for visually-impaired students, most of them said they took the booth staff’s help to cast vote. Vikas Prasad of Hindu College said: “Staff members read out names of candidates and ballot numbers. I told them whom to cast my vote for.”