JNU to Hold Student Union Election on March 22 After 4-Year Hiatus
JNU to Hold Student Union Election on March 22 After 4-Year Hiatus

After a gap of four years, the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) is gearing up for its Student Union Election scheduled for March 22, announced the election committee on Sunday.

Responding to persistent demands from the student body, the JNUSU election will finally take place on March 22, with the results slated for declaration on March 24.

A preliminary voters' list will be made public on March 11, 2024. Corrections to this list will be entertained between March 12, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Nomination forms will be issued on Thursday, March 14, from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Candidates can file their nominations on Friday, March 15, between 9:30 am to 5:00 pm.

On Saturday, March 16, the list of valid nominations will be displayed at 9:00 am. Withdrawal of nominations will take place from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. The final list of candidates will be announced at 3:00 pm, followed by a press conference by the election committee.

General Body Meetings at the school level will be held from March 17 to March 19, while University-level General Body Meetings (UGBM) are scheduled to commence on March 20 at 10 am.

The committee emphasized the importance of rectifying any discrepancies in the voters' list well in advance of the nomination process.

Moreover, the Election Committee unveiled plans for various activities, including a presidential debate aimed at fostering open communication among candidates.

Shailendra Kumar, the committee head, highlighted the significance of these engagements in ensuring transparency and integrity throughout the electoral process, urging students to actively participate.

A comprehensive timetable for General Body Meetings will be made public only after the final list of candidates is confirmed.

On January 28, following relentless advocacy from JNUSU and the united student community, the JNU Administration issued the first notification regarding the forthcoming JNUSU elections.

This came in the wake of JNUSU's submission of a final memorandum to the administration, accompanied by a call for a complete University Strike on January 30 and a total non-cooperation movement.

According to the recommendations of the Lyngdoh committee, student union elections should be conducted within six to eight weeks from the beginning of the semester. The university appealed for the cooperation of all students to ensure fair and orderly elections.

The last JNUSU elections were held over four years ago in September 2019, witnessing a sweeping victory for the Left student organizations, including the Student Federation of India (SFI), All India Students Association (AISA), All India Students' Federation (AISF), and Democratic Students' Federation (DSF). Aishe Ghosh emerged as the JNUSU president, defeating the RSS-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, the main competitor at that time.

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