EVMs, indelible ink for college election

EVMs, indelible ink for college election

Students of the Maharani Lakshmi Ammanni College for Women show their inked fingers after the elections for the students’ association on Monday.  DH Photo/B H Shivakumkar

The Maharani Lakshmi Ammanni College came alive with the spirit of democracy on Monday as the college elections were about to begin.

At the college, as many as 1,400 students came out to cast their votes to pick their elected representatives in the college.

What made it realistic, however, was the use of the Electronic Voting Machines and indelible ink for the process.

The college had borrowed the EVMs from BEL, through which students could cast their vote through a secret ballot.

The elections were to elect candidates for five posts that included the president, vice-president, general secretary and two joint secretaries.

Second year in a row

Manjunath, one of the lecturers at the college said that this is the second year in a row that the elections were being held.

“This is for a non-political student union and the UGC guidelines permit us to conduct such elections
and hence the idea,” he
said.

He said that this was being done to help the students master the skills of coordination, management, draft budget proposals, finance management and plan campaigns.

“It can be recollected that it was at the Ammanni college that Karnataka first saw the trail run of EVMs when the machines were first introduced in the state,” Manjunath added.

For first time voters, the experience was something to cherish.

“This is the first time that several of them will cast a vote. Having EVMs and indelible ink gave it a realistic feel,” he added.

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