The election process of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students’ union has been set in motion with the appointment of chief election commissioner, a woman for the first time, along with constitution of a poll body.
“In a meeting convened by the JNUSU, Ishita Mana, a first year PhD student of the School of Social Sciences (SSS) was unanimously appointed as the chief election commissioner (CEC),” former CEC for JNU polls, Dileep Maurya said.
This is a first time that a woman CEC has been elected.
The election body, comprising the CEC along with members from various schools of JNU, will soon meet to decide the dates of the election, which may be held in September.
The name of the CEC is proposed by the JNUSU and has to be unanimously accepted by the election body, members of which are selected in the general body meetings (GBM) of various schools in the varsity.
JNUSU is the representative body of the students in the varsity. The polls have been keenly contested over decades.
Last year, CPI’s student wing All India Students Federation (AISF) had opened its account in the JNUSU polls winning the president’s post, while ABVP has bagged one of four central panel slots after a gap of 14 years.