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Why not e-elections?

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The amount of paper wastage witnessed on campus during the Delhi University Students’ Union elections every year is tremendous. It was no different on September 12 this year. However, orders from the Election Commission helped curb the reckless wastage of paper to some extent. Students discuss.

Why not e-elections?

Aniruddha Mahadevan Sethi, III, Political Science (Honours), Hindu College, New Delhi

The amount of paper wasted during elections is nothing but a brazen display of money and muscle power to buy votes, which in the end maligns the aura of DU. Paper wastage has to be stopped. We want a clean and green campus. E-election campaigns and the Election Commission have been making progress to eradicate this practice.

Why not e-elections?

Marya, III, B.A., Miranda House, New Delhi

It is really saddening that despite the warnings by the Election Commission, the political parties are unaffected. They are still littering the ground and spoiling the walls with posters.

The use of paper should be minimised so as to be eco-friendly. It’s high time the DU Students’ Union realised that student voters would rather have them adhere to their campaign promises than waste paper.

Why not e-elections?

Kunwar Suryansh Kurb, Graduated 2017, Political Science (Honours), Hindu College, New Delhi

Civic sense in India is already deplorable, but what makes it worse is the fact that those who are entrusted with the responsibility of correcting this — the youth, in the Delhi University Students’ Union election – indulge in grave violation of basic civic duties. Stacks of paper litter the streets. In the Internet age, the time is ripe to ponder over better alternatives through the use of technology. Paper wastage must be checked.

Why not e-elections?

Ria Sethi, II, Economics (Honours), SGTB Khalsa, Chandigarh

A certain sense of disbelief and hopelessness engulfs you, as you walk through the campus roads buried under the boisterous display of campaigning paraphernalia. E-elections or not, a change needs to be brought in the ideology of the candidates wherein they need to focus on the issues that plague Delhi University instead of finding loopholes in the existing rules to vandalise the campus.

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