JNUSU elections begins with NOTA introduced for the first timeSeptember 12, 2014
JNUSU elections begin today with women safety and hostel accommodation as the biggest issue. None of the above option (NOTA) is introduced for the first time in the election.
The polling started at 9.30am and will end at 5.30pm, with a lunch break in between. JNU will use ballot papers. For the first time, JNU introduced the other option in their nomination forms to accommodate the third gender.
Seven candidates are running for the post of president, five for vice president, and five each for general secretary and joint secretary.
The ultra-left All India Students Association (AISA), which had swept JNUSU elections, winning all top four positions last year has fielded Ashutosh Kumar for the presidential post.
After a wipe-out in the last year's students' union elections, the Students' Federation of India (SFI) is hoping to make a come back after fielding Pindiga Ambedkar for the top post.
Left progressive front, an alliance of left-wing student parties including AISF, Democratic Students' Federation (DSF) and Students for Social Justice has fielded Rahila Perween, the only female candidate for the presidential post. While Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) has fielded Sourabh Kumar, NSUI has Jogendra Singh Pawar as its front runner in the JNUSU elections.
Counting will be done today only and the results will be declared on September 15, the election committee said.