Counting of votes for JNUSU polls under way

Delhi HC restrained JNU from notifying the results till Sept. 17

The counting of votes for the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union polls began on Saturday after an 11-hour delay due to a deadlock between the students and the administration, the varsity’s Election Committee said.

Students’ bodies, however, claimed the counting began around 4 p.m. Outgoing JNUSU president N. Sai Balaji claimed that even though the counting was supposed to begin at noon, the Grievance Redressal Cell, that comprises varsity officials, interfered in the process.

However, a varsity official said, “There was no interference from our side. Last night, the GRC had gone to meet EC members and the parties to discuss about the court order but there was no interference.”

After the Delhi HC on Friday restrained the JNU from notifying the election results till September 17, it was decided at a meeting between the students-run Election Committee and all the parties around 10 p.m. to go ahead with the counting, it said.

The results are likely to be finalised on Sunday but they will be announced after the HC hearing on September 17. Till 8 pm on Saturday, 150 ballots were counted.

The process of counting ballots began at 11:55 pm on Friday, JNU EC chairman Shashank Patel said.

However, it had to be put on hold due to a deadlock between the student community and the JNU’s GRC over the latter’s demand that the counting agents give a written undertaking stating they would not disclose the results, he said.

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