After a week of amazing campaigning and voting for the MDXSU Elections, the results are now in…
2,289 students voted to decide who will lead Middlesex Students’ Union in 2016/17 - the largest turnout in MDXSU history - with 13.7% of Middlesex voting in this year's elections.
Thousands of votes were cast in the voting period between 10am Monday 29th February and midday Friday 4th March, with students voting in six elections for both full-time and part-time positions.
The candidates and their campaign teams spent the week sharing incredible campaign videos, speaking to hundreds of students across the university campus and halls, and making amazing speeches at Question Time. The imaginative manifestos and the passion and respect they demonstrated throughout the week are a credit to themselves and to MDX, and illustrate just what an incredible student population we have at Middlesex!
The amazing voter turnout would not have been possible without the hard work of the candidates and their campaign teams, and everyone involved should be incredibly proud of what they have achieved. Whether or not you were elected, we hope that standing and campaigning was a valuable experience in itself.
To reward and celebrate all candidates and campaigners, five awards for Best Video, Best Campaign, Most Innovative Campaign, Hardest Working Team and Candidate’s Candidate were given out at Results Night in MDX House, after being voted on by candidates and MDXSU staff.
Competition was very tough, though the winner of these four campaign award categories were:
Best Video – Gabriella Lafor
Best Campaign – Katie Dragomirova
Most Innovative Campaign – André Thompson
Hardest Working Team – Orla Hillary
Candidate’s Candidate – Joe Cox
And now for the MDXSU Elections results and the candidates who will be leading your Students' Union in the coming year… First, your full-time Student Officers!
1775 votes were cast for President. There were five candidates in this hard-fought elections, with the student body ultimately electing Simba (Sulaiman), who won the election with an amazing 900 votes!
1196 votes were cast for Vice President Business and Law, with Law student Katie Dragomirova winning the election with 530 votes!
One of the closest elections of the year was for Vice President Art & Design and Media & Performing Arts. A total of 992 votes were cast, with winning candidate Joe Coxreceiving 391 votes from students.
Orla Hillary was re-elected as Vice President Health & Education and Science & Technology. Despite being the only candidate running in this election, the hard work and passion shown by Orla and her campaign team resulted in an incredible 842 votes for Orla, out of 892 in total!
The Students’ Union also elected a number of part-time officers.
These part-time positions are the six School Voice Leaders, as well as positions on the Democracy and Involvement Committee and the MDXSU Trustee Board. And the winners are…
SVL Art & Design - Stephanie Stevens (80 votes)
SVL Media & Performing Arts - Chaar Yeates (81 votes)
SVL Health & Education - Andy Roy (127 Votes)
SVL Science & Technology - Matthew Visconti (143 votes)
SVL Business - Ronit Himatlal (183 votes)
SVL Law - Rebeca Cruz (60 votes)
Student Trustee - Matthew Visconti (486 votes)
Democracy and Involvement Committee - Sophie Naylor, Khushboo Jolly and Joshua Spencer were all elected.
Thank you to everyone who had their say and voted. Your views have been represented, and have helped to shape MDXSU for the coming year. A further thank you to the entire MDXSU team – staff, interns, volunteers – who have supported the nominees throughout their campaigning, and, through organising and delivering another successful election, have ensured that the Students’ Union remains a democratic, representative organisation.