JNU Students Allegedly Attacked by Goons
Few JNU students were allegedly attacked by goons at the gate of the university while they were coming back from the police station after filing complaint against ABVP’s attack on the Election Committee.
Left Unity Won 4 Out of 5 Councillor Posts
Left Unity won 4 out of 5 councillor posts at School of International Study while NSUI won 1.
Results After Counting of 700/5185 Votes
Left Unity: 183
Left Unity: 222
Left Unity: 212
Left Unity: 178
Left Unity Leading After Counting of 400 Votes
The Left Unity maintained its lead after the counting of 400 votes in all science schools combined.
Left Unity Leading After Counting of 250 Ballots
The Left Unity is leading in all central panel posts after the counting of 250 ballots at all combined science schools. ABVP is following second.
ABVP’s Denies Attack, Alleges Rigging by Election Committee
Denying the attack on the Election Committee, ABVP alleged that the body was “involved in rigging election in favour of Left organizations.”
Here is the full text of ABVP’s statement:
“ABVP expresses deep concerns over the way the counting is being conducted for JNUSU election. The Election Committee formed for JNUSU election 2018-19 is involved in rigging election in favour of Left organizations.
ABVP firmly believes that transparency of the electoral process has been compromised. The Rule 5(b) of Part 3 of Appendix 1 of JNUSU Constitution has been violated by the EC. EC is guilty of breaking the seal of ballot box and starting the counting of Central Panel votes without the presence of counting agents of the candidates or candidate affiliated to ABVP. The rule requires that the candidate or their counting agent must see every paper ballot. This action by EC is illegal. When the objection was registered by ABVP, workers of Left organizations started manhandling ABVP counting agents. Most of the Left organization workers are not even the students of JNU. They stormed into the counting complex and started with violence and abusive sloganeering. Even the EC members joined them in manhandling the proposed counting agents of ABVP.
The election process for JNUSU requires the designation of counting agent for each candidate for each School on the posts of Central Panel. Even yesterday, a specific call was made to one of the candidates in School of Arts and Aesthetics to send his polling agent. However, in case of counting for Central Panel for Science School, the minimum number of calls were not made to ABVP’s Lalit Pandey, Geetasri Boruah, Ganesh Gurjar and Venkat Choubey. Further no specific call was made to any of them. This compromises sanctity of electoral process as per the JNUSU Constitution. This is a basic norm of a democratic process and its denial leads to breach of the credibility of the electoral process.
President of ABVP-JNU Unit Vijay Kumar said “Counting of votes is being done without adhering to the rules. EC is not following even the bear minimum requirements of election procedure. The biased way of handling elections has put a question mark on EC’s neutrality. We have approached the Grievance Redressal Cell to seek justice. We will not hesitate to proceed to Delhi High Court if we don’t get justice.”
National General Secretary of ABVP Ashish Chauhan said, “Students of JNU have laid faith in ABVP. They have voted for ABVP to bring about a positive change. The biased handling of elections by the EC won’t stop us. We will keep fighting till justice is served.”
Twelve Organisations Issue Statement Demanding Removal of ABVP Members from Counting Centre
The AISA, DSF, BAPSA, SFI, CRJD, AISF, NSUI, SIO, YFDA, BASO, MSF, and Collective issued a joint statement against the attack by members of the ABVP.
“Counting for the JNUSU Elections 2018-19 has been suspended by the Election Committee (EC) following violence by the ABVP members who physically attacked and injured EC members and indulged in vandalism.”
“Late night on Friday, the EC made announcements calling for candidates to send their counting agents for central panel votes from the combined schools (science schools and smaller schools). ABVP did not send counting agents even after the last call was made. Long after sealed ballot boxes were opened and counting began, ABVP demanded that its agents be allowed in, and resorted to violence.”
“But ABVP refused to follow rules that are applicable to everyone. They broke the door of SIS-I building where counting is happening, and the barricades in front. They manhandled the guards on duty, snatched phones from people who were video recording and also assaulted some of the journalists who were present there.”
“We, the undersigned organisations, demand: That the ABVP members – Saurabh Sharma, Raghavendra Mishra, Akhilesh Pathak and others – vacate the counting venue immediately to allow the election process to continue.”
Read the full statement here.
ABVP Members ‘Attack’ Vote Counting Centre
Counting of votes in the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union elections on 14 September were halted after members of the ABVP reportedly entered the vote counting area in the early hours of 15 September, attacked members of the Election Committee and attempted to snatch away sealed ballot boxes and ballot papers, Himanshu Kulshreshtha, the Election Committee’s Chairperson said.
The EC has demanded an unconditional apology from ABVP as members of the EC have been injured badly.
2018 JNUSU Elections Record Highest Voter Turnout in Six Years
The voter turnout in the keenly contested Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) election on Friday, 14 September, was 67.8 percent, believed to be the highest in six years.
Over 5,000 students cast their votes. The counting has begun and the results are expected to be announced on Sunday, 16 September.