JNU Students' Union Election Committee served notice by University, AISA condemns the move

Published on: Sep 11, 2019 10:41 IST
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JNU Students’ Union Election 2019: JNU Administration has served a notice to the student run poll committee over charges of violating Lyngdoh Committee guidelines during the recently concluded student union polls. JNUSU Election 2019 was held on 6th September 2019 which saw 14 candidates from the university fight it out in a fierce battle for key posts in the Students’ Union Panel of JNU. Following this, JNUSU Poll Committee concluded the counting of votes for 8th September and has submitted the result tally with the University Dean of Students on 8th September.

Notice Served for violating Lyngdoh Committee guidelines

As per reports, the JNU Election Commission members were served a notice by Dean of Students Umesh Kadam on 9th September 2019 after charges of violation of Lyngdoh Committee guidelines came forth. Dean has demanded a reply from concerned members of the JNU Poll Panel on the issue by 11th September 2019 – Wednesday.

What do Lyngdoh Committee guidelines prescribe?

Election Process Period

The notice served to the JNU Election Commission members has alleged that poll organizers were involved in violation of Lyngdoh Committee guidelines. The guidelines prescribed that the entire poll process for students’ union election, starting from nomination of candidates to declaration of final result, is expected to be completed in 10 days. However, the same was not followed by the university poll panel which is violation of the Lyngdoh Committee Report.

No Cross-verification of Candidates’ Details

Similarly, the JNU Poll Committee also didn’t vet or cross-verify the nomination details filed by the candidates. The nominated candidates were declared as eligible to contest JNUSU Elections without seeking their details from the Proctor office.

No Prior Permission for Public Meeting

The election committee of JNUSU Election has also been asked to file a reply regarding allotment of public places within the campus for election activities without prior permission from the university authorities. On the issue of Hardik Patel joining NSUI rally, the university has also pulled up the election commission for allowing non-student members inside the campus during poll period.

Other violations

Another point in the notice is about presence of members who are not part of JNU being present inside the polling both during the election process. JNU administration has also claimed that observers of the Grievance Redressal Cell were not allowed to visit polling booth and counting room, as part of the JNUSU election process.

AISA backs JNUSU Poll Panel

Coming to the defence of JNUSU Election Committee, Left Centric Student Group AISA has issued a statement in which it has charged University administration of trying to interfere and influence the students’ union elections. The group said that JNUSU Election Committee withstood these attempts and now is being punished for ensuing conduct of free and fair students’ union elections on campus. It lauded JNUSU EC for ‘valiantly defending democratic traditions’. AISA has asked JNU to retract their notices to the Election Commission members and tender a non-conductional apology to the JNUSU EC and JNU community for falsely accusing the committee.  Following AISA, SFI students group has also extended its support to the Election Committee Members.

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