Campus Campaigns Continue as Polling Opens Up
Voting in the elections for sabbatical officers, college officers and the USI re-affiliation referendum continues today with polling stations open in the Agriculture and Engineering Buildings from 10am-5pm, Newman Building from 9.15am-5.15pm, Quinn Building from 10am-5.15pm, Health Sciences Building from 9.30am-5pm and Science building from 9.30am-5.30pm.
Following the closure of polling stations in individual buildings, all faculties will be able to cast their votes in Newman from 6pm-9pm.
With only one sabbatical officer position contested, turnout is not expected to be high. The running of the USI re-affiliation referendum had been expected to draw students who are typically disengaged from campus politics out of the woodwork, however this would not appear to have materialised with many unaware of the referendum’s taking place.
Sources within the Yes campaign have expressed worry that the referendum may not see enough votes cast to reach quorum, the minimum number of votes required for the result to be considered binding.
The positions open for election today are that of Students’ Union President, Welfare Officer, Campaigns and Communications Officer – the only contested race, Education Officer, Graduate Officer, Irish Language Officer, Agriculture & Veterinary Officer, Arts & Human Sciences Officer, Business & Law Officer, Engineering & Architecture Officer, Health Sciences Officer and Science Officer.
Of the College Officer positions, four of the six are contested with Vikki Banach standing against Joseph Milleric for Ag & Vet, Joshua Gorman running against. Lida O’Shea for Eng & Arch, Liam Brady, Thomas Monaghan, and Francis Roche in the contest for Arts & Human Sciences and Hakeem Goloba, Sean Kilgarriff and Connor Larkin up for science.
- Seán O’Reilly, Editor