New Delhi: The election process of Jawaharlal Nehru University students’ union (JNUSU) has been set in motion with the appointment of a chief election commissioner (CEC), a woman for the first time, along with the constitution of a poll body.
“In a meeting convened by the JNUSU, Ishita Mana, a first year PhD student of the School of Social Sciences (SSS) was unanimously appointed as the chief election commissioner,” the former CEC for JNU polls, Dileep Maurya said.
This is a first time that a woman CEC has been elected.
The name of the CEC was proposed by the JNUSU and has to be unanimously accepted by the election body, members of which are selected in the general body meetings (GBM) of various schools in the varsity.
The election body, comprising of the CEC, along with members from various schools of JNU, met to decide the dates of the election. The process of filing nominations begins tomorrow and the final list of candidates will be declared on September 1, followed by a press conference. Polling is set for September 9.
JNUSU is the representative body of the students in the varsity. The polls have been keenly contested over decades.
Last year, CPI’s student wing All India Students Federation (AISF) had won the JNUSU polls winning the president’s post, while ABVP had secured one of four central panel slots after a gap of 14 years.