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Non-members of VUWSA were able to vote during the association’s executive elections last week.

Current students who were not members, and recent graduates who no longer attend the University, received emails containing unique pin numbers that enabled them to vote for candidates online. Some claimed they took the opportunity to do so.

VUWSA received the list of email addresses from the University, which handles registration for the association as part of the enrolment process, said Returning Officer Peter Young.

The association noticed that the number of email addresses received seemed high, but requested and received confirmation from the University that they had been given the correct list.

He said provisional results would be released in cases where there was a clear winner after the polls closed on Friday, but invalid votes would not be removed until today.

“Which is quite usual, as we have to confirm all the votes are valid anyway,” said Young.

However he said they had yet to determine the method by which the votes would be removed.

Most candidates have run extensive campaigns. Presidential candidates Jackson Freeman and Rory McCourt each created posters, and online videos, with supporters for both being very vocal on Twitter and Facebook.

Young previously told candidates he had little power to reprimand them if they exceeded their one hundred dollar campaign budget, as stipulated by the VUWSA constitution.

The election received attention from popular commentary blog WhaleOil which criticised McCourt for following a “philosophy of idiocy,” after he said he did not “buy into the ‘live between our means’ dogma.”

Freeman was steadily criticised for having little institutional knowledge of the association’s inner workings.

Comparatively, last year’s presidential election was low key, with current President Bridie Hood running unopposed.

When Salient went to print, results were not available but can be found online at salient.

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