Imperial College students have voted overwhelmingly against affiliation to the National Union of Students.
72% of students were against affiliation to the National Union. A total of 2749 votes were cast ,representing a 26.8% turnout - only slightly less than the figure achieved by the recent FoESA/C&GCU elections. This was above the 15% needed for a referendum result to be valid. Together with the convincing nature of the result, this means that the status quo is unlikely to be challenged for the next couple of years.
The referendum has been rather divisive, with ICU President, Sen Ganesh, publiclly supporting the No campaign while Deputy President (Education & Welfare), David Francis, led the Yes camp. The referendum has also cost the Union £2000 to run, more than twice what is usually spent on sabbatical elections.
A break-down of the results by ballot box is available on the NUS Referendum Committee's web site.