The new election process: What you need to know

By Emily Barker

After accusations of cheating at last year’s De Montfort University Students’ Union elections, a fresh set of elections are to be held and a new system introduced for newly-elected officer roles.

There are going to be a total of 12 new roles, for full time and part-time officers, which range from Union Development Executive, Academic Executive to Postgraduate Student’s Representative and Disabled Student’s Representative.

De Montfort’s Students’ Union on campus

Derrick Mensah, current Vice President of Student Activities, said: “I am not going to be running again this year, I have already done my two-year term, so there are going to be five new full-time officers at the Students’ Union here at De Montfort.

“Students are going to be able to cast their vote at polling stations in three locations around campus, one being here in the Students’ Union.

“There is going to be a polling roadshow also.

“The votes will be completed online, so the results will be counted by tally, and quickly and will be released shortly after the voting time has finished.

“This also allows us to deal with any complaints we receive after the elections are over.

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“Candidates who are running will not be allowed in the polling area, to try and minimise the foul play we had last year.

“This year, the voting has a cooling off period over Friday and the weekends; the voting returns on the Monday before closing the Tuesday.”

The deadlines for nominations closed on Sunday (February 17) at 11.59pm and voting begins on Tuesday, March 5, at 8am.

Voting freezes at 6pm the following Friday, before resuming on Monday, March 11, at 8am and closing at 8pm.

The election Results Night will be Wednesday, March 13.

You can find out more about the elections here.

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