The students of the Panjab University cast their votes in the Panjab University Campus Student Council (PUCSC ) election today. According to the preliminary information, only 50 percent of students participated in the polls. The experts believe that the low turnout of the students is because of the long weekend the fell prior to the election day. The polls today concluded at around 11:30 in the morning.
The student leaders said they did not get ample time to reach out to the voters. “The turnout has remained low because of the holidays. There was less time to interact with the students to convince them to participate in the polls,” Nishant Kaushal, PUCSC 2016 president, said.
This year, there are six candidates who are in the race for the post of the president namely Kanu Priya from the SFS, Amandeep Singh from the PSU Lalkaar, Anuj Singh from the NSUI, Iqbalpreet Singh Takhar from the SOI+INSO+ISA+HIMSU+PPSO+HPSU alliance, Ashish Rana from the ABVP+SFPU+HSA alliance and Ravinder Bir Singh Randhawa from the PUSU+HPSU alliance. Seven candidates are contesting for vice-president and four each for general secretary and joint secretary.
In the PUCSC election 2018, only one woman is in the competition for the presidential polls while there are two for vice-president and one for joint secretary. The major parties in the fray are National Students Union of India (NSUI), Students for Society (SFS), PSU Lalkaar, Students Organisation of India (SOI), Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and Panjab University Students Union (PUSU).
There are 162 polling booths in place across the campus. As many as 123 department representatives (DR) will also be elected along with the four office-bearers of the PUCSC. The counting of votes for the office-bearers will be held at the Gymnasium Hall and the counting of votes for DRs will be held at the respective departments.