Merely 41.16% voting in RTMNU Senate Polls

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Feb 2018 10:06:45


Staff Reporter,

Counting on Feb 6 from 10 am onwards

The fate of 37 candidates for 10 registered graduates seats of Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) Senate elections was sealed in the ballot boxes on Sunday. The senate voting process was conducted peacefully. However, the overall voter turnout was just 41.16 per cent.

In the registered graduates’ category, among the 17,340 voters, a little more than 7,000 cast their votes. The counting of votes will take place on February 6 from 10 am onwards at Convocation Hall, RTMNU, near Maharajbag.
On the Sunday, the voting began at 8 am across the 81 designated centres in Nagpur City, Nagpur Rural, Bhandara, Gondia, Wardha and Jalgaon.

Nagpur City recorded 40.91 per cent voting on 27 booths. Out of 7,162 voters only 2,930 exercised their rights. Similarly, 50.88 per cent voters cast vote in 18 booths
of Nagpur Rural. There were 1,586 registered voters in which 807 graduates cast votes.
Bhandara recorded the lowest voting with 34.79 per cent. There were 14 polling centres in which 4,803 graduates registered and only 1,671 cast their votes. Gondia (47.66 per cent), Wardha and Jalgaon (43.99) also recorded less than 50 per cent votings.

The University deployed 188 officers and 78 Centre Incharge at polling centres. Maximum 17 candidates are in the fight for Open Category while five for SC, four for ST, three for VJNT, five for OBC and three for women categories respectively.

Each centre had a voters' list with photographs of the those casting the votes and their scanned signatures.
University Election Officer and Registrar Puranchandra Meshram said this senate election witnessed many firsts. For the first time and independent portal was created for the polls, and teacher profiles and voter registrations also went online for the first time.

In another first, a list of candidates, with colour photographs, was put up on the website. A search button was provided on the election portal for voters to check their details and voting centres.
The University has one affiliated college from Bhusawal in Jalgaon district. Out of eight votes there, only one graduate who is also a RTMNU official, exercised his franchise on that booth.

All groups and alliances formed ahead of the election were confident of a good show, but very low voting could shatter their dreams.