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The Farce Begins

Oct 26 2007 15:04
Charlie Chalk
Unbeknown to most of the engineering faculty, including election candidates, the voting for the remaining CGCU positions is now open, along with other ICU elections.
It really is voting time....

Farce has become almost interchangable with election over recent years and this term's election is no different. Voting has opened for the CGCU elections with little to no advertising to students. There are even candidates who have not been contacted about manifesto submissions with possibly serious repercussions for their election campaigns.

Currently it is unclear where the problems have stemmed from but with voting closing at the end of the day on October 30th time is running out for candidates and voters to have a proper election, even by the current trend of low standards. Also following the trend of elections past, very few to no places are contested in the faculty with students only facing RON - perhaps not the most daunting prospect known to man....

Positions in Faculty Unions and the Graduate Students Association are being contested alongisde positions on Union Council and the new Trustee Board. ICU elections face a similar woeful amount of competition, with the exception of the position of Undergraduate Medicine Councillor. Thankfully Felix has devoted much space to the elections, meaning at least some people might vote.

Voting opened at midnight today and continues until the end of Tuesday 30th October.

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Discussion about “The Farce Begins”

The comments below are unmoderated submissions by Live! readers. The Editor accepts no liability for their content, nor for any offence caused by them. Any complaints should be directed to the Editor.
Oct 26 2007 21:03

They should let life members vote. That'd be amazing

2. Nick   
Oct 26 2007 23:54

James, I miss you....

3. JJ   
Oct 27 2007 11:42

All candidates mentioned in Felix (with/without manifestos) were emailed on 15/10 telling them to submit a manifesto by last Wednesday.

All candidates mentioned in Felix were emailed on 24/10 telling them voting begins on Friday.

All students (who receive the union newsletter) were emailed detailing when they could vote on Thursday.

Charlie, are you a candidate?

Oct 27 2007 11:49

ICU candidates were contacted. CGCU candidates weren't.

5. JJ   
Oct 27 2007 11:50

I can't find anything about the CGCU elections in felix or email though.

6. Matt   
Oct 27 2007 14:47

After voting are we supposed to be able to donate 25p to a society of our choice, or is this no longer happening?

Oct 27 2007 17:38

The club bribery module is not active in this set of elections. It may return in future rounds if the President so decrees....

Oct 28 2007 14:39

No CGCU email.....

No publicity....

No info about candidates....


Oct 28 2007 18:30

CGCU will have a different returning officer to the ICU elections and it is their job to email the candidates... I believe the returning officer is the CGCU president (apolgies Tristen if you are not) and you should contact him if you are not receiving emails...

I imagine he has been a bit busy of late organsing balls and stuff so may have over-looked a small matter such as informing the willing volunteers about the farce... I may be completely wrong of course.

10. dwm   
Oct 29 2007 11:42

Also, you can't authenticate with the Union voting web-server if your password has an apostrophe in it. Incorrect levels of escaping in the code itself, apparently.

Oct 31 2007 08:21

Still no email from CGCU.......

12. psh   
Oct 31 2007 23:03

did you actually tell anyone about it? or just whine on live?

surprisingly enough, the best way to fix things is to go find someone responsible and hound them until they fix it.

Nov 01 2007 07:33

Not whining, just mentioning it on the CGCU news site which I guess a lot of the people in charge read.

And I have voted, so no skin off my nose.

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