JNUSU election result 2018 LATEST updates: The United Left Alliance clinched victory in all central panel posts of the JNUSU, defeating RSS-affiliated ABVP. Left presidential candidate N Sai Balaji won with 2,151 votes with a margin of 1,179 votes. ABVP garnered 972 votes.
As per the latest update, Left alliance candidate N Sai Balaji is ahead of ABVP in the presidential run with 1,948 votes, while the latter has only 875 votes. Till now, 4,709 votes have been counted out of the more than 5,000 votes polled. So far, the Left alliance (SFI-AISA-AISF-DSF) is leading on all central panel posts.
Nidhi Tripathi, last year's presidential candidate from ABVP, accused the Left alliance of indulging in violence. She said, "Supporters of the Left Union threw the barricade outside the SIS counting centre. Due to the chaos they created, a security guard got hurt on his leg. And the ABVP supporters helped him in getting the proper medical facilities." She also alleged the election committee was biased against the ABVP.
As per the latest vote count tally, the Left alliance's N Sai Balaji is currently leading in the president's post with 1,193 votes followed by ABVP's Lalit Pandey (561 votes), BAPSA's Thallapelli Praveen (391 votes), RJD's Jayant Kumar (318 votes) and NSUI's Vikas Yadav (222 votes).
To keep the counting transparent, constant announcements are being made about the total vote count and the specific vote share for each candidate. This procedure is very different from the recent DUSU elections where no initiative was take to ensure transparency.
Counting of votes in the JNU students union polls was suspended for over 14 hours on Saturday by election authorities citing "forcible entry" and "attempts to snatch away ballot boxes" at the counting venue, after the ABVP staged protests claiming it was not informed about the start of the process.
The counting, which was suspended at 4 am, resumed at 6.30 pm after two teachers from the Grievance Redressal Cell were appointed as observers for the exercise, officials said.
The counting process was stalled after Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) which is the student wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), staged protest alleging they were not informed about the process.
The JNU Election Committee said "the counting process, which began on 14 September at 10 pm has been suspended due to forcible entry into the counting venue and attempts to snatch away the sealed ballot boxes as well as ballot papers from our counting centres."
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The Left outfits alleged that the ABVP was involved in the violence but the saffron outfit denied it.
The deadlock at the Jawaharlal Nehru University persisted till evening with the ABVP accusing the election authorities of bias towards the Left outfits and threatening to move court.
The Election Committee, however, issued a statement saying it had made announcement for counting agents to come and was following the rules.
It said, "A malicious lie is being spread on social media and among students that the Election Committee had not made three announcements and went forth with the entry of the counting agents for post of Central Panel for combined schools and Special Centres."
The Election Committee would like to clearly state three announcement calls were made (with the third call announced as the last and final call) and communicated to the students gathered outside the counting venue) via loudspeaker, the committee said.
"After that the election committee members informed the security guards about it and asked them to gather any counting agents.
"Fourteen counting agents for 10 different candidates had reported at the counting venue. After which counting process had started and sealed boxes were opened in the presence of the counting agents," it said.
As per the established norms, no new counting agents can enter the counting venue, once the seal of the boxes is opened.
"Election Committee (EC) had to reject the request of new counting agents being allowed inside that respective counting venue. Few students had forcibly entered the building and reached the counting venue, thus we had to suspend the counting process," it said.
The panel also claimed that their members, including women, faced intimidation.
President of ABVP-JNU unit Vijay Kumar said they will not hesitate to approach the Delhi High Court if they do not get justice.
"Counting of votes is being done without adhering to the rules. The EC is not following even the bare minimum requirements of election procedure.
"The biased way of handling elections has put a question mark on EC's neutrality. We have approached the Grievance Redressal Cell to seek justice. We will not hesitate to proceed to Delhi High Court if we don't get justice," he added.
The Grievance Redressal Cell is a body comprising the varsity's professors which addresses election related complaints.
In the evening, it was announced that the Cell has appointed two observers for the counting if votes.
The ABVP claimed their counting agent was not informed about the beginning of counting of votes polled in science schools.
The Left bloc claimed that "around 4 am, ABVP broke the glasses of the School of International Studies building".
They also claimed the ABVP counting agent was called but he did not turn up on time.
Kumar claimed their counting agent was not called and the counting process was initiated in front of the members of the Left outfit.
"We protested peacefully as the EC is biased towards the Left. We did not create any ruckus," he said.
The voter turnout in the keenly contested JNUSU election on Friday was 67.8 percent, believed to be the highest in six years. Over 5,000 students cast their votes.
The Left-backed All India Students' Association (AISA), Students' Federation of India (SFI), Democratic Students' Federation (DSF) and All India Students' Federation (AISF) have come together to form the United-Left alliance.
Besides the Left bloc, there are candidates of ABVP, NSUI (National Students' Union of India) and BAPSA (Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students Association).
Technical glitches in EVMs had marred the counting process for Delhi University Students' Union polls on Thursday, leading to its suspension for close to three hours.
With inputs from agencies