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September 20, 2010 | by  | in Opinion |
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It’s election mania! Not only are local body elections coming up, the VUWSA general elections are almost upon us. It’s the time of year when Salient staff members realise we have spent far too much time in the office over the course of the year—we are genuinely excited about the prospect of candidates making dicks of themselves, the shit fights, backstabbing, dirty tricks and bizarre campaign promises. Yes, we’ve all gone crazy. Someone get me another Bounty bar. And maybe some salt and vinegar kettle chips.

Nominations for the positions on the VUWSA exec close at the end of this week. If you’re going to stand, make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into. Do your research. Find out what the position actually involves. Read ‘When Alan Met Max’ and learn from Alan’s gaffes (you’ll find it here: If you don’t find any gaffes, don’t run for VUWSA, please). Understand what is and isn’t achievable as a VUWSA exec member. Don’t make outlandish promises. Don’t wear a flannel shirt. Doing these simple things will prevent you from becoming the laughing stock of the Salient office.

Inevitably, there will be candidates who will fail to heed this advice. Suckers. While these candidates will provide Salient with endless hours of amusement, and a raft of excellent news stories, you probably shouldn’t vote for them. The fact we’re making fun of them means they probably won’t be competent members of the exec. You’re all smart enough to realise that, right? Right? Give us some reassurance/hope/faith here.

Turnout at VUWSA elections has been notoriously low in recent years. A general sense of ‘who cares’ no doubt permeates the wider student population at Vic. What does VUWSA even do for you anyway? They’d probably chew your ear off for half an hour telling you about all the services they provide and how valuable their representation of your interests is, but in the end, if you want to get something out of it, or at least the right to complain about it, you have to be willing to participate, to vote, to get involved.

There’s no point bitching if you couldn’t even be fucked logging into the online voting system and clicking ‘no confidence’ or ‘no vote’. At least that way you can say you took part. Or something. If you don’t want to get anything out of VUWSA, and if you don’t want to be involved, I suggest you look into withdrawing and quit complaining.

The moral of the story? If you’re running for VUWSA, good luck to you. I hope you know who I am if I come up to you and ask questions. It gets really awkward when I have to introduce myself as the Salient Editor to VUWSA exec members. We chuckle about it in the office later, too.

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