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VUWSA election results were announced on 22 August after weeks of chalk-filled walls, vandalised posters and flags in the Hub peaked with a high voter turnout.
Rick Zwaan gained a decisive win over Rāwinia Thompson in the Presidential race, with 2268 votes to her 1004. Zwaan was endorsed as a candidate by current president Sonya Clark.
3272 students voted to elect the 2015 VUWSA Executive, a higher turnout than 2013’s election when 2151 students voted.
This year, 16 candidates ran for 11 positions. This is a lower level of participation than 2013, when 24 candidates ran for 12 positions.
Students noticed many positions were uncontested. Of the 11 available positions, six had only one candidate. Students could either vote for the candidate or vote No Confidence.
2015’s Academic Vice-President will be Jonathan Gee, Welfare Vice-President will be Madeleine Ashton-Martyn and Engagement Vice-President will be Toby Cooper.
Cooper was elected over Ben Guerin by a close margin, with 1684 votes to Guerin’s 1587.
In another close result, Rory McNamara was elected Campaigns Officer with 25 votes over his competitor Theo Brown.
Next year’s Treasurer-Secretary will be Jacinta Gulasekharam, Education Officer will be Ellen Humphries and Equity Officer will be Chennoah Walford.
Wellbeing and Sustainability Officer will be Rory Lenihan-Ikin, and Publications Committee Representative will be Stella Blake-Kelly.
A second Publications Committee Representative will be elected at VUWSA’s AGM this year or next, as candidate Cameron Price was disqualified as he was not a current student.
Voters had less to decide on this year: in 2013, students voted on whether VUWSA should remain in the New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) and whether funding of the VBC should continue.
Unfortunately, Mr No Confidence was once again unsuccessful, and Salient wishes the hopeful candidate better luck next year.