The Students’ Union Elections of M S University will be conducted on Tuesday. The officials of the university are engrossed in making last minute arrangements for the polls in which 34,906 students are eligible for voting.
On Monday, MSUSU president, P M Shah said, “There will be 77 polling booths at various faculties and 67 booths for counting of the votes.” He further added, that a total of 25,000 ballot papers have been printed for the posts of union general secretary (GS) and vice-president (VP).
A total of four candidates have stood up for the post of GS and three for the post of VP. However, the actual competition seems to be between ABVP and NSUI. While Dhruvdevsinh Gohil along with Parul Giri has stood up from ABVP for the post of GS and VP respectively, on the other hand, NSUI's Gautam Nayak and Bhumika Barot have stood up against them.
Also, a total of 64 candidates are in fray for the 15 posts of Faculty Representatives (FRs). According to Shah, “Ballot papers for the posts of FRs have been printed keeping in mind 80 percent of all faculty's student strength.”
It has been decided that about 1,000 teaching and non-teaching staff will be deployed at the poll duty and many of them will remain at University’s entrance gates to check the identity cards and fee slips of the students. Also, one cop of city police will also be deployed at the polling booths.
A 49 member observing committee organized a meeting on Monday to decide over election preparation. Knowing about the sham voting at the Faculty of Technology and Engineering (FTE), MSU vice-chancellor, professor Yogesh Singh showed deep concern and ordered the observers committee to inform him immediately in case of any complications during the elections.
Measures have been taken to ensure transparency in elections, especially at FTE. “The faculty has decided to keep all the booths on a single floor to avoid any complications. At the same time, there will be videography of the polls to avoid any untoward incident,” said Shah.