The Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) elections have been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The month of September is already here and yet the campus is free of ballot numbers painted on walls, no littered pamphlets, and the loud cries of campaigning.
Students have got major #FOMO since, reportedly, the DUSU elections have been postponed to next year. A student of Hindu College, Hima T Sam said that she used to run around the whole day collecting votes for her friends. She even used to skip her breakfast during the rallies.
Pinki Sharma of the Faculty of Law has confirmed that the DUSU elections are postponed until further notice. She said that there is no official notification for the next elections. Since the classes are likely to begin from November, it is not very practical to hold the elections before that. Until an official notification is issued by the University, the current office-bearers will continue serving.
A student of Zakir Hussain Delhi College who was supposed to contest for this year’s elections said that this was his final chance to participate in the elections. He was hoping that he will be able to help with many issues. He said that while going to the polling booth, he had the same feeling as if he was voting for the nation.
A big question of the virtual election remains. DUSU President, Akshit Dahiya, said that the university calendar is disturbed amidst the pandemic. The college will have to look at how it will conduct the election even after the classes commence. Executive councilor of DUSU, Shubham Chaudhary said that he welcomes any method of elections that the university deems fit. Currently, the important question is not whether elections will happen or not. The important question is how and when everything will shift to the new normal.