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CU first step to smooth poll

Submission of nomination forms for student union elections on the six Calcutta University campuses was completed on Tuesday, a first step towards calmer and cleaner campus polls.

There was some tension on the College Street campus, with allegations being traded by the principal rivals, Trinamul Chhatra Parishad and SFI. The process was reportedly suspended for an hour but there was no untoward incident following an overhaul of the election process this year.

“The process of filing of nomination forms was by and large peaceful,” said CU vice-chancellor Suranjan Das. He admitted to some chaos during form submission but said the situation was brought under control “instantly”.

“There was no reported complaint from either side. It was by and large peaceful,” said a senior police officer in Lalbazar.

The elections on the six campuses of Calcutta University (CU) are scheduled for January 18.

Metro looks at what changed — and the one thing that didn’t — at CU on nomination day compared with the last election in 2010.

Centralised, single-day collection: The nominations were submitted on a single day at a single location in a departure from the past. Last time, the candidates had to submit the forms at their respective campuses on different days. As a result, the trouble lingered at Calcutta University as long as the process continued. In 2010, the form collection spanned more than 10 days across the six campuses.

The move made security measures easier to implement.

Security arrangement: There was unprecedented security arrangement inside and outside the main administrative campus on College Street from 11am to 4pm, when forms were being submitted.

“Plenty of policemen were deployed outside the three places (Senate Hall, Asutosh Hall and Law and Library Hall) where the nominations were collected,” said vice-chancellor Das.

The filing of nomination was recorded on video camera for the first time.

Entry of outsiders was strictly prevented and students had to show their identity cards to enter.