Students take up the call to vote in the DMU elections

By Connor Watson

DMU students have been described as extremely positive and active during the student union elections that end today.

From the polling staff to the actual candidates the participation by the entire university has been described as positive and a great experience to be around.

Jason Foreman, a candidate for the Deputy President, said: “The reaction has been almost totally positive.”

He said voters have been very keen to get involved and the fight between candidates has been constructive.

“The camaraderie from all the candidates has been great as well, we have all formed friendships and groups from the entire thing,” he added.

“You would expect a bit of tension but the support from everyone including the union staff has been nothing but great.”

The candidates have been canvasing the campus for over a week now with posters, stalls and even themselves going around and trying to drum up support.

The voting for elections ends tonight February 19 and the results will be announced tomorrow, February 20 at 3pm.

Sam Hilton, a Student Engagement Coordinator for the Student Union, said: “These students involved have been some of the nicest out of all the elections I’ve done.

“Even when they say no to wanting to vote they are incredibly polite about it.

“I’ve also seen lots of support in each other and all of the candidates seem to be willing to help each other out.”

Sam has been running a polling booth on campus for students to vote at and to listen to any queries and complaints about it.

DSU candidates searching for last-minute votes

Luke Allen

Luke Allen

Mohammed Murtaza

Mohammed Murtaza

By Mark Farmer

A De Montfort student campaigning for the position of Deputy President of Education has issued an eleventh hour plea in a bid for last minute votes.

Second year student from Birmingham, Luke Allen, believes he could be the answer to students’ timetable issues and class support problems, but needs the backing of his fellow DMU students in order to implement his goals.

Luke said: “It’s something I really love, but I need the votes to do this.”

The hopeful candidate is urging those who have not yet cast their votes to do so.

He said: “It’s really important that people vote. De Montfort’s student union is one of the best I’ve seen and to have someone representing you here is brilliant.”

His aims include a more ‘fun’ and ‘engaging’ employability week, as well as an easier step up for students from the first to second year.

Luke said: “A lot of students aren’t prepared or aware of how big the jump is from the first to second year.

“I want to create links and groups involving the first, second and third year students to help with this jump.”

Another DMU student, Mohammed Murtaza, agrees with Luke that students should make their votes count.

Mohammed said: “It’s great to have people speaking on behalf of you.”

He added: “By not voting people are passing up an opportunity.”

Although not all students share the same mind-set, as first-year student Roberta Gaigalaite will not be voting in the elections.

Roberta said: “I won’t be voting as I don’t really know much about the work they’ll be doing.”

She added: “I don’t see how the students will have much influence in changes at the university.”

Polls close at 10:01pm tonight before the announcement of winners at 3pm on Friday February 20.