Today, after a hard week of campaigning, the results night of Liverpool Guild of Students SRO elections was held at Hope University Creative Campus – an architecturally beautiful place, hosted by Liverpool John University.
Next year’s Liverpool Guild of Students’ Student Representative Officers will be Sean Turner, Ananda Mohan, Yasmin Gasimova and Oba Akinwale. Sean Turner elected as President and Ananda Mohan coming in second as Deputy.
With plenty of crying, hugging and alcohol around, the candidates were announced, the newly-elected SROs and their teams storming out for a cigarette or drink at the bar before facing the inevitable media onslaught.
None of the candidates claimed to have expected to be elected, Sean Turner stating that he was ‘shocked’ about being in first place, whilst having hoped that he was in the top four. Ananda and Oba, in similarly catatonic states, explained the bitter-sweet feeling they had after winning, having bonded with the others during campaign week and knowing that the majority of candidates, of course, didn’t get elected.
None of the candidates have distinct hopes of running again next year. Both Sean and Ananda, however, told The Sphinx that the path of becoming an SRO was something that they had in the back of their minds whilst having gone through university. Oba, however, along with his campaign team, laughed at the very question of whether being an SRO was something he’d thought about in his grand total of seven years spent at the university. Yasmin wasn’t able to attend, as she was scheduled to perform as part of 24 Festival Drums – one of the many societies she is involved in.
When asked – ‘What’s the first thing you’re going to do in the role?’ – Ananda said that he plans to solidify lecture capture, spreading it to as many departments as possible. Sean Turner’s plans include meeting and getting to know all of the Guild society presidents over the summer, as well finally ‘getting that door to the SRO office fixed’ – one can dream.
The voting turn-out had increased by over 20 percent in comparison to last year, according to the Guild, with 4,891 votes being cast.
The new officers will officially take up their roles over the summer, after their all-important training.