New Delhi: The counting of votes for the students union elections at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) began today late in the evening amid tight security and is expected to continue till Sunday.
"Counting of votes for the JNU students union started at 9 P.M. tonight (Friday) amid tight security.
"Since, we use paper ballots and the counting is done manually, the process is expected to go on till Sunday morning,” JNU poll's chief election commissioner Praveen Thallapelli said.
The Jawaharlal Nehru University students union (JNUSU) election held on Friday recorded 53.3 percent turnout, a marginal dip from last year.
Last year, the voter-turnout was 54.58 percent.
The voting in the university was conducted at five centres with the exercise ending at 5:30 p.m.
A total of 22 candidates are in the fray for the JNUSU Central Panel that has the posts of president, vice-president, general secretary and joint secretary.
Another 83 candidates are fighting it out for the posts of councillors at all the centres of the university.
Parties contesting the JNUSU elections include AISA, AISF, ABVP, NSUI, SFI, Democratic Student's Federation (DSF) and Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students' Association (BAPSA).
AISA had bagged all the top four positions, including the president's post, for the second consecutive year in 2014.