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.

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