As the election process of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students' union set in motion, Praveen Thallapelli, a second year MPhil student of the School of Social Sciences (SSS) was unanimously appointed as the chief election commissioner (CEC).
"In a meeting convened by the Jawaharlal Nehru Students' Union (JNUSU), the appointment of chief election commissioner along with constitution of an election body was announced,” said vice President of JNUSU Anant Prakash Narayan.
The election body, comprising the CEC along with members from various schools of JNU, will soon meet to select the dates of the election, which may be held in September.
The name of the CEC is 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.
JNUSU is the representative body of the students in the varsity. The polls have been keenly contested over decades.
For the third time in a row, the JNU students are planning to hold the elections on September 11 which is the same day as the Delhi University Students' Union (DUSU) elections.
The night-long event which is conducted in the style of US Presidential debate is a sought after affair and also a deciding factor for the union elections.
Unlike DU election for the campaigning the candidates in JNU are also supposed to make speeches about their agenda followed by a round of questions at the "Presidential debate".
(With Input from PTI)