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GSA Election Results

Aug 27 2007 12:50
William the Conquerer
Jon Matthews has won the election for GSA Chair in the re-run of last term's farcical election.
Jon Matthews at the Centenary Staff Party

After the farce of the previous election for the Chair of the Graduate Students Association, which achieved a turn-out barely into double figures, the re-run has now finished with over one hundred votes.

At the close of nominations Jon Matthews was the only candidate, winning the election with 58 votes to 42 against RON. Abstentions increased the overall turnout to 111, nearly ten times higher than the first election.

A decision made last year means the GSA chair will move into the office of the Deputy President (Finance & Services), the same one Jon Matthews occupied last year. The office will this time be shared with the member of staff brought in to assist with representation as part of the GSA-restructuring.

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Discussion about “GSA Election Results”

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Aug 29 2007 15:20
 

what is the GSA?

Aug 29 2007 16:26
 

Graduate Students Association, if Hackipedia (plug) is unvandalised...

Aug 29 2007 16:43
 

The hackipedia seems a bit thin on the ground, with need of an update.

Aug 29 2007 17:11
 

I thought it was Generally S**t Association

Aug 29 2007 18:22
 

Well at least he can say he has a clear mandate to propel the GSA to the heights it deserves.

Err.... Perhaps not!

Aug 29 2007 18:48
 

I'm a PhD student and didn't see any adverts for the election and was never informed how I could have voted. In fact I'm sure nobody in my group knew about the election. How were we meant to vote! Very representative !

Aug 29 2007 19:01
 

hilarious.

he won it last time, he wins it again. 111 votes! my god, man, that's a colossal turnout.

generally s**t association is what we always referred to it as..

Aug 29 2007 20:57
 

"with need of an update"

Update me then :)

Aug 30 2007 12:09
 

Oh Jon, 58 to 42...not great

I bet Shama is happy :)

Aug 30 2007 17:33
 

I was disappointed with the turnout but unfortunately the campaign time was when I was away from London for my father's 70th birthday celebrations, a trip I had planned several months ago and not one I could really re-schedule (one's father only turns seventy once after all).

11. random   
Aug 30 2007 19:23
 

I'm sure you poncing up and down the walkway would have enthused the electorate enough about the GSA to bother voting for you or anyone else for that matter.

It may have perhaps increased the RON count though!

Sep 09 2007 15:33
 

I'm a PhD student and didn't see any adverts for the election and was never informed how I could have voted. In fact I'm sure nobody in my group knew about the election. How were we meant to vote! Very representative !

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I second this. How can this be called a democratic vote if almost nobody knew about it! Is there any possibility of calling for another, this time perhaps FAIR re-election?

13. pg   
Sep 09 2007 16:03
 

You should have received emails from the ICU President on the 3rd, 20th and 23rd August about nominations, voting opening and voting closing.

Sep 09 2007 16:21
 

@ another postgrad

Please email '[email protected]' and I'll be able to check what the elections system believed your status to be.

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