Staff Reporter

The website hosted by DU Computer Centre

Fixed time on the radio for campaigning

NEW DELHI: Candidates contesting the Delhi University Students’ Union elections this year can make use of a new campus website and community radio to campaign and reach out to their voters.

The website is being hosted by the Delhi University Computer Centre to upload the candidates’ propaganda material.

Additionally, the candidates will be allowed a fixed time on the University’s community radio for campaigning.

The time slot and order of the candidates would be decided through draw of lots in the presence of the candidates after the final list is declared on August 27.

“For the first time, the University has made these arrangements. The candidates keep complaining that the maximum permitted expenditure is very limited and they can’t cover all the colleges. The website and radio should be of great use to them to reach out to other students,” said Chief Election Officer Gurmeet Singh.

However, the material to be placed on the website and the speeches to be broadcast on the community radio would require prior clearance from the Chief Election Officer to ensure that no objectionable material is used by the contestants.

The code of conduct for the candidates contesting the elections to DUSU and the college students’ unions has been announced. It will be in force from August 27 to September 5.

According to the code, under-graduate students between 17-22 years can contest elections while for post-graduate candidates the upper age limit is 25 years.

The prospective candidate should not have had any academic arrears during the year.

The candidates must also have attained the minimum percentage of attendance as prescribed by the University or 75 per cent attendance, whichever is higher.

Each candidate will have one opportunity to contest the post of an office-bearer and two opportunities to compete for the post of an executive member. No candidate can contest more than one post simultaneously. The maximum permitted expenditure per candidate has been fixed at Rs.5,000, and each candidate will submit audited accounts to the college/University authorities. No canvassing will be allowed in the hostels of the University and the colleges after 10 p.m.

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