This year a record 6424 votes were cast, a massive 31% on last year’s turnout. Over 26.88% of the student population voted, with only 18 spoiling their ballot. More women than men – 28% to 24% – voted. Out of all of the societies, 100% of the members of Free Education Liverpool and the Indonesian society turned out to vote. In contrast, only 8% of the Art Society voted. The three incumbents – Sean Turner (President), Oba Akinwale (SO), Ananda Mohan (SO) – were re-elected; and newcomer, Rory Hughes joined the team.
In his manifesto, Sean Turner promised to create a more cohesive relationship between students and their academic advisers, set up travel budgets for societies and create a Guild rooftop bar.
As results came in, newly-elected Rory Hughes said: “It feels a bit unreal, to be honest with you… I think it’s a Labour Society win. I mean we worked really hard on campus to build the society up, I ran as a Labour candidate and it worked – we got in. We got in on a message of hope, and change, and excitement. And I didn’t shove an iPad in everyone’s face and I still won… it’s amazing.”
The rest of the results are as follows:
- 5th – Beth Meadows
- 6th – Scott Johnson
- 7th – Grace Furnham
- 8th – Siobhan Griffiths
- 9th – Rhiannon Farrell
- 10th – Hilly
- 11th – Alaa Jasim
- 12th – Noura Qusairy
- 13th – Dimitria Psychari
- 14th – Donald Turner
The electoral system explained…
The Guild use a version of STV (single transferable vote), which is designed to achieve a high degree of proportional representation. Each candidate is ranked according to the voters’ preference. Candidates move onto the next ‘elimination stage’ depending on how many 1st preference votes they receive, and then 2nd preference and 3rd and so forth… until the candidate with the most overall preference votes wins (the President) and the next 3 candidates are elected as SOs. The voting system, however, has caused some discontent among the student population. Third-year Politics student, Tom Marchant says that “for the Guild to proceed, we need separately elected roles like most student unions. Within the current voting system, everyone runs for president and then the most popular person gets in, so considerations for less popular matters don’t get looked at properly.”