De Montfort Students’ Union voting ends after a busy week of campaigning on campus

by Adam Rear

The De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU) is looking to update its leadership team for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Students at DMU have been eligible to vote for the candidates they think are best suited for each role, with a polling station setting up on campus from last Tuesday (March 3) until yesterday (March 9).

Health and Well-being student, Navi, 19 was out handing leaflets for candidates and said: “This vote helps to determine which students will represent different departments of the student voice.

“There are multiple areas people are running for, such as Academic Executive, Equality and Diversity Executive and Disabled Students Representative.

“The votes give students the opportunity to have their voices heard while studying at University.

“The elections are similar to other votes and referendums we have in this country; candidates put themselves forward, create manifestos, promote themselves and hope that people vote in their favour.”

The advertisement surrounding the votes stemmed as far as being shown on DMU library computers

Campaigning for the DSU elections have varied in methods from candidate to candidate.

Some candidates have been out on campus handing out leaflets, while others have sent emails to students in order to try and gain their votes.

Navi said: “The election hasn’t been as big as I thought it would be. It’s been advertised on the DSU website and emails have been sent but a lot of students don’t check these.

“While campaigning there have been people coming up saying they don’t believe in democracy which is annoying to see really.

“It makes me think, why complain when you have an opportunity to fix it. Having said that, there does seem to be a good turn-out for voters that I have seen.”

The polling ended at 7pm yesterday (Monday March 9) and the results will become live on the evening of Wednesday, March 18.