New to DU?
Well, there must be A LOT that you might be wondering about. Elections being just round the corner will be a constant source of confusion for you, right?
Don’t’ worry for we are here to help you. Read on to get enlightened.
It starts with the Election officers:
Every year, the Patron nominates a Chief Election Officer to conduct the elections of the Office bearers and members of the Central Council of Delhi University Students Union.The Patron also appoints Election Officers in various Colleges/ Institutions, usually the principles of colleges. The Election Officers work in coordination with the Chief Election Officer.
The Chief Election Officer issues a complete schedule of elections, i.e. the date and time for filing nominations, scrutiny of nominations, the authority with whom nominations are to be filed, the date for withdrawal of nomination and the date and time of holding the elections and other instructions, etc.
Forms for nominations to various offices are also prescribed by the Chief Election Officer.
The Chief Election Officer issues necessary directions to the Election Officers for the smooth and orderly conduct of elections.
Nominations for the posts of Office-bearers is filed at the Office of the Chief Election Officer, who scrutinizes the nominations at his office and put up on the Notice Board the final list of candidates for election.
The Nomination papers are accepted along with a Bank Draft for Rs. 500/- as security deposit in favour of the Treasurer, DUSU, issued by a Scheduled Bank in Delhi. In case any candidate fails to deposit in person, the above said bank draft along with Nomination paper, his/her candidature for the said post is deemed to be withdrawn.
The security deposit is forfeited in case a candidate fails to get at least 10% of the total valid votes cast for the post for which he/she is seeking election.
Nominations for the membership of the Central Council are invited by and filed with the Election Officers in various Colleges/Institutions, who also do the scrutiny of these nominations and put up on the Notice Board of the college, final list of candidates for elections after withdrawals.
A candidate who secures at least 10% of the total valid votes cast for the post he/she was seeking in election may claim refund of security deposit from the Office of the Treasurer, Delhi University Students’ Union within 7 days of the declaration of the result of election.
At least One week’s time is given for inviting nominations and after a gap of at least 7 days, publication of the final list of valid nominations is done.
Voting and Counting Process:
The Electoral College for elections consists of all students admitted to various courses of study in colleges/institutions affiliated to Delhi University Students’ Union.
This means that every student of DU admitted before the starting of the electoral process have the power to vote. The students have to go to the election booths to cast their votes.
All Elections are held by Secret Ballot to maintain anonymity and peace.
Simultaneous elections are held for the following in the Colleges/Institutions affiliated to Delhi
University Students’ Union:-
(a) President of Students’ Union of the College/Institution.
(b) Member(s) of the Central Council of DUSU from the College/Institution
(c) Office-bearers of the Delhi University Students’ Union .
The Election Officers in the respective Colleges/Institutions arranges for the counting of votes for:
a) President of the Students Union of the College/Institutions.
b) Members of the Central Council from the College/Institution and announce the result and communicate the same immediately but not later than 24 hours to the Chief Election Officer.
The Chief Election Officer arranges for the counting of votes for the Office bearers of the Delhi
University Students’ Union and also announces the results.In the end, majority wins and the election process is hence complete.
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