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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.

Rebecca Hart is uncontested in her bid for Health Sciences Officer as is Jonathan Byrne for the position of Business & Law Officer. Irish Language Officer is also a one horse race with Eoghan Mac Domhnaill the sole candidate.
The sabbatical candidates uncontested are Conor Viscardi for President, Róisín O’Mara for Welfare officer, Lexi Kilmartin for Education Officer and Cian Casey for Graduate Officer.
The Campaigns and Communications’ contest sees three candidates, Sam Blanckensee, Ryan Oakes and Luke Fitzpatrick go head to head in the race for the recently reinstated role. You can check out the College Tribune‘s interviews with these candidates here.
Today being the main day of voting, it is expected that campaign teams will be out in force attempting to draw in as many students as possible to support their candidate. USI referendum campaigners on the Yes side will be hoping to push that vote over the line to achieve a quorum which will see its result become binding.

  • Seán O’Reilly, Editor

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