Candidate in the ICU Sabbatical Elections, Afonso Campos, has withdrawn from the election race. Afonso, better known as 'Fonzie' has today announced that he will be withdrawing from the Presidential Election for family reasons.
Afonso was a contender for the position of ICU President next year, running a campaign based on the slogan 'Little Guy, Big Ideas'. His withdrawal will be a blow to his supporters and also to his opposition. The high quality of candidates put forward this year and the healthy level of competition was promising to draw a respectable turnout with an uncontested position less likely to.
Returning Officer, Christian Carter, confirmed to Live! that Campos had officially withdrawn at 15:15 this afternoon.
Afonso has said that he is 'deeply saddened' that he is no longer able to run for President 'regardless of how much I would like to do it'. He thanked his supporters saying:
"Thank you thank you thank you so much for everything you have done over the past few weeks. You have literally been incredible.
Hopefully these issues will be sorted out and I will run again next year and truly hope I can have your support."
Opposing Candidate, Ashley Brown, who is running a campaign based on "change shouldn't be difficult" has told Live!: "I'd like to thank Fonzie for running a sensible and well-mannered campaign, with us vying for votes based on our policies and experience rather than bickering. I wish him and his family all the best."
RON also added: "One down, one to go! I would have beaten him anyway."
Depite there only being one candidate (and RON) for President, all of the other Sabbatical Positions are still contested and you can make your choice between Friday 13th at 00:01 and Tuesday 17th at 23:59 by visiting imperialcollegeunion.org/vote. Check out the manifestos here.