Democratic process to be revived after four-year break

The election process kicks off today at Jawaharlal Nehru University here in the first Student Union polls since 2008 that will revive the democratic process after a four-year hiatus.

Students interested in contesting the March 1 polls will file their nominations on Tuesday, which will be followed by verification of papers, withdrawal and display of the final list on Wednesday.

Elections in the politically-active JNU traditionally witness a high voting percentage. In the last few elections 60 to 70 per cent of the students turned out each year to elect their representatives.

With the election process being resumed after a gap, students are hoping that the turnout this year will be even better.

Good voting expected

“I expect a better voting percentage this year. Most of the students who are on the campus presently have never participated in the elections,” said Prabodhan Arvind, chairperson of the JNUSU Election Committee.

After the display of the final list of candidates, general body meetings (GBMs) of different JNU schools will be held on February 23 and 24, followed by the University GBM on February 27.

February 28 will be the big day of the presidential debate after which the campaigners will go quiet for a day before the March 1 polling.

Among the major issues that are being talked about at the University are delays in disbursal of scholarships and the need for increasing their amount, the need to strengthen the Gender Sensitisation Committee Against Sexual Harassment and the role played by different groups in the struggle to restore the democratic process. - PTI