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Student Union Election Rules

The college strictly abides by the recommendations of “Lyngdoh Committee” for the election of Students’ Union Body in universities, colleges and other institutions of higher education across India. Some of the important recommendations are highlighted below:

  1. Disassociation of student Elections and Student Representation from political parties.
  2. During the period of the elections no person, who is not a student on the rolls of the college/university, shall be permitted to take part in the election process in any capacity. Any person, candidate, or member of the student organisation, violating this rule shall be subject to disciplinary proceedings, in addition to the candidature, as the case may be, being revoked.
  3. Eligibility Criteria for candidates.
  4. Under graduate students between the ages of 17 and 22 may contest elections. This age range may be appropriately relaxed in the case of professional colleges, where courses often range between 4 to 5 years.
  5. Although, the Committee would refrain from prescribing any particular minimum marks to be attained by the candidate, the candidate should in no event have any academic arrears in the year of contesting the election.
  6. The candidate should have attained the minimum percentage of attendance as prescribed by the university or 75% attendance, whichever is higher.
  7. The candidate shall have one opportunity to contest for the post of office bearer, and two opportunities to contest for the post of an executive member.
  8. The candidate shall not have a previous criminal record, that is to say he should not have been tried and/or convicted of any criminal offence or misdemeanor. The candidate shall also not have been subject to any disciplinary action by the university authorities.
  9. The candidate must be a regular, full time student of the college/university and should not be a distance/proximate education student. That is to say that all eligible candidates must be enrolled in a full time course, the course duration being at least one year.
  10. Code of conduct for Candidates and elections Administrators
  11. No candidate shall indulge in, nor shall abet, any activity, which may aggravate existing differences or create mutual hatred or cause tension between different castes and communities, religious or linguistic, or between any group(s) of students.
  12. There shall be no appeal to caste or communal feelings for securing votes. Places of worship, within or without the campus shall not be used for election propaganda.
  13. All candidates shall be prohibited from indulging or abetting, all activities which are considered to be “corrupt practices” and offences, such as bribing of voters, intimidation of voters, impersonation of voters, canvassing or the use of propaganda within 100 meters of polling stations, holding public meetings during the period of 24 hours ending with the hour fixed for the close of the poll, and the transport and conveyance of voters to and from polling station.
  14. No candidate shall be permitted to make use of printed posters, printed pamphlets, or any other printed material for the purpose of canvassing. Candidates may only utilize hand-made posters for the purpose of canvassing, provided that such hand-made posters are procured within the expenditure limit set out herein above.
  15. Candidates may only utilize hand-made posters at certain places in the campus, which shall be notified in advance by the election commission/university authority.
  16. During the election period the candidates may hold processions and/or public meetings, provided that such processions and/or public meetings do not, in any manner, disturb the classes and other academic and co curricular activities of the college /university. Further, such procession/ public meeting may not be held without the prior written permission of the college/university authority.
  17. The use of loudspeakers, vehicles and animals for the purpose of canvassing shall be prohibited.
  18. In addition to the above-mentioned code of conduct, it is also recommended that certain provisions of the Indian penal Code, 1860 (Section 153A and Chapter IXA-“Offences Relating to Election”), may also be made applicable to student elections.
  19. Maintaining Law and Order on the Campus during the Election process.
  20. Any instance of acute lawlessness or the commission of a criminal offence shall be reported to the police by the university/college authorities as soon as possible but not later than 12 hours after the alleged commission of the offence.

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