The Delhi University Students' Union (DUSU) elections took place recently. Voting was conducted through Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) for 52 colleges and departments, while college union polls used paper ballots.
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) is currently leading in all four central panel positions of DUSU. This lead was observed after the initial eight rounds of vote counting, according to official data. The central panel positions include president, vice-president, secretary, and joint secretary..
Historically, DUSU elections have been a direct contest between ABVP and the Congress-affiliated National Students' Union of India (NSUI). In the ongoing elections, ABVP candidates are ahead in all four central panel positions, with NSUI trailing behind.
A total of twenty-four candidates are participating in the DUSU elections. The last DUSU elections took place in 2019, with no elections held in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Disruptions to the academic calendar also impacted the possibility of elections in 2022.
Chander Shekhar, serving as the chief election officer for the elections, announced a voter participation rate of 42 percent. Approximately one lakh students were eligible to vote.
While the voting percentage was higher than the 2019 elections (39.90 percent), it did not surpass the nearly 11-year-high figure recorded in 2018 when turnouts reached 44.46 percent. The turnout in 2017 was 42.8 percent.
Student concerns encompassed a range of issues, including fee hikes, the lack of affordable accommodations, improved security during college festivals, and access to menstrual leaves.
Various student organizations, including ABVP, NSUI, the CPI(M)-backed Students' Federation of India (SFI), and the CPI(ML)-Liberation-linked All India Students' Association (AISA), fielded candidates for all four central panel positions. In the 2019 elections, ABVP secured three out of four seats.
DUSU serves as the main representative body for most colleges and faculties within Delhi University. Additionally, each college conducts its own students' union elections annually.