Published On: Sat, Sep 15th, 2018

JNUSU polls: Counting stopped after ballot capture attempt

New Delhi: Counting of votes for the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) polls were stopped on Saturday when two principal contenders of an unnamed political group along with their supporters barged into a counting centre and tried to snatch ballot boxes, the varsity election committee said.

Left parties and the ABVP traded charges on Saturday over the stoppage of counting of votes

The counting of votes for the annual students’ elections began on Friday night at 10 pm after the polling concluded at 5.30 pm.

The JNU Election Committee issued a statement without naming any party but said that the forcible entry by some persons into the counting venue and attempt to snatch away the sealed ballot boxes as well as ballot papers from counting centres, forced it to stop the counting.

“This was in addition to intimidation and violence on our Election Committee, including on our female members led by a Presidential and a Joint Secretary candidate,” the statement said.

Left parties and the ABVP traded charges on Saturday over the stoppage of counting of votes in the JNU students’ union elections which were held on Friday

“Around 4 am, ABVP members broke the glasses of the SIS (School of International Studies) building. EC stopped the counting indefinitely. The EC has demanded an unconditional apology from ABVP as EC members have been injured badly. ABVP has jammed the counting booths. It is important to note that this happened just after ABVP losing all councillor seats (except one) in science schools,” the Let parties said in a statement.

The ABVP in turn accused the election Committee and the Left parties of colluding and conspiring during the counting of votes.

“The ABVP agent was kept away during the first round of counting. The EC and the Left parties have conspired to stop the counting… We will not accept such an election,” said Saurabh Sharma, member of ABVP’s central working committee.

The counting has been stopped indefinitely and a meeting of Grievance Redressal Committee has been called for further action.

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