KATHMANDU: Although student unions have been expediting their campaign for Free Student Union (FSU) election, the Tribhuvan University (TU) has rescheduled the Free Student Union (FSU) poll date for June 6. This is the third time the university has postponed the FSU election this year.
A meeting of the TU executive council on Saturday decided to postpone the FSU polls by 10 days as they coincided with the teacher exams. Earlier, the council had fixed the campus elections for May 27. The committee meeting held for two consecutive days on Saturday and Sunday has also prepared a work schedule to conduct the election in fair manner.
The special senate of TU last month had also amended some regulations related to the FSU election as demanded by the student unions affiliated to various political parties. As per the amendment, the FSU poll would be held under a mixed system.
Similarly, the new amendment also fixed the age limit for candidates, which would be effective from 2015 onwards. But the amendments were challenged at the Supreme Court on April 18. Later on April 21, the apex court stayed the TU amendment, which also caused the delay in completing the election preparation within the timeframe.
Similarly, the TU senate also set the number of members in each FSU panel between 11 and 21, depending on the number of students in the TU constituent colleges, said Ganga Bahadur Thapa, chief of the TU Student Welfare and Sports Council. Earlier, the FSU executive committee comprised of between 7 and 15 members.
The TU was not able to hold the FSU polls since 2011 following the dispute over electoral system, as 14 student unions were advocating for a proportional electoral system, while the three others had been lobbying for the continuation of the simple majority system. The CPN-UML-aligned ANNFSU had opted for a mixed system.
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