Delhi University introduces NOTA option in DUSU polls

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Published: August 23, 2016 11:42:02 AM

On the direction of the Univesity of Grants Commission (UGC), DU will include NOTA option in its electronic machines (EVMs)for the upcoming DUSU elections.

poll-reu-LA similar notice was sent last year to DU, however, the EVMs had been prepared before the notice arrived. (Reuters)

For the first time, Delhi Univeristy will introduce the NOTA (None of the above) option in the student union polls scheduled for September 9. On the direction of the Univesity of Grants Commission (UGC), DU will include NOTA option in its electronic machines (EVMs)for the upcoming DUSU elections.

A similar notice was sent last year to DU, however, the EVMs had been prepared before the notice arrived. “DU was the first university to use Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in the student union polls and from this year we have decided to introduce NOTA as well to give the students a right to reject if they do not find any candidate worthy of the post,” DUSU Chief Election Commissioner D.S. Rawat said.

Rawat, while writing a letter to all political parties also requested them to adhere to the rules by not using printed posters as they deface property. Also, he asked them not to take out processions without explicit permission of the election officers.

Last year, DUSU polls were won by BJP-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) on all four positions- president, vice president, secretary and joint-secretary.

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