KATHMANDU: At a time when the leaders of political parties have been mulling to hold the elections of the constituent assembly, the dispute among student unions of Political parties forced to postpone the elections of the Free Student Union (FSU).
Tribhuwan University has postponed the FSU elections after students unions remained adamant in their decision to padlock colleges across the country. Earlier, TU had decided to hold FSU polls on June 6.
An informal meeting of the TU Executive Committee held in the Capital on Wednesday had reached to the conclusion that the elections may not be held on the proposed date as most of the colleges across the country failed to publish voters’ list and distribute nomination forms for candidates as per the election schedule.
TU authorities had fixed Monday as the deadline for voters’ list publication while the deadline for nomination form distribution for the candidates from both the first-past-the-post and proportional categories ended on Friday. However, most of the colleges failed to meet the deadline. Though the elections are just a week away, the students unions are still divided over the status of the students who were enrolled en masse recently.
While the UCPN (Maoist)-aligned All Nepal National Independent Student Union (Revolutionary) has been stressing that all students should be allowed to vote, the Nepali Congress-aligned Nepal Students’ Union, the CPN-UML-aligned All Nepal National Free Student Union and the ANNISU-R have been demanding to scrap the voting rights of ‘fake’ students.
According to officials at the TU, it would announce new date of FSU polls only if student unions come up with joint proposal for the election in near future.
Meanwhile at least seven people including three police personnel were injured in a clash between activists of rival student organizations of the Western Regional Engineering Campus, Pokhara on Thursday morning.
Police said that the clash between student organizations erupted after the All Nepal National Federation Students Union-Revolutionary (ANNFSU-R) padlocked the election office to bar the registration of candidates for the Free Student Union elections. All Nepal National Free Student Union students, Nepal Student Union, and Madhesi students unions had reached the campus at around 11 am this morning and attempted to open the locked office leading to the scuffles between rival student activists. The ANNFSU-R had padlocked the office an hour before the incident happened.
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