elections

AGMs in “the worst” shocker

It’s AGM season which means it’s time to make fun of jumped-up students who act like they’re hiring an international executive, not electing someone to run pub crawls. Soc Bitch understands that the Union has pulled up several societies this year for undemocratic practices. Chinese Society must re-run its AGM after it made candidates submit …

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Election balls

Adverts on social media, a ball pit in South Cloisters, and a promise of £500 to the society with the highest percentage of voting members were not enough to boost flagging turnout at this year’s Union elections. The first for several years with no clear ‘slates’ of candidates, this year’s election turnout fell: only 5,909 …

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Union Council bans iPads for sabbatical elections

Voting opened today in elections for Union sabbatical and part-time officers. This year will be the first in which campaigners are forbidden from approaching students with electronic devices and encouraging them to vote on the spot. A motion to ban use of iPads and similar devices was passed by Union Council in February after it …

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Online society elections will now be opt-out

Tonight at an Emergency Council Meeting, the debate over whether President and Treasurer elections for societies should go online finally came to a boil.  The two protagonists of the night were former Sustainability, Engagement and Operations Officer, Zakariya Mohran and this year’s Activities officer Ilyas Morrison. The whole saga began in December when Morrison sent …

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iPad debate heats up first successful General Assembly in four years

In a historic night for the Union, Tuesday’s General Assembly was the first since 2014 to which enough people showed up for the meeting to actually go ahead, so that advisory motions could be passed. The biggest talking point of the night was the spirited, sometimes emotional, debate over a motion to prohibit the use …

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