The University College Dublin Students’ Union (UCDSU) election has been disrupted due to a glitch in the system which has seen students unable to vote for College Officer candidates, even though they are registered for the correct college. The glitch was confirmed by the UCDSU on Wednesday morning.
UCDSU Returning Officer Stephen Crosby said, “We are working on fixing the issue, and will extend voting hours accordingly to allow all students to vote”. He added that students will be updated as soon as the issue is resolved. There has been no word yet on when the voting will be extend to, as the issue is still being tended to.
This is not the first time that this same system used by the SU for voting has caused issues, as in the previous election, many Instagram and Facebook votes may not have been counted. Earlier this year the SU claimed that they had resolved the previous year’s issues, however this new issue looks set to cause an equal disruption to the online voting.
Other voters have since reported that they are unable to vote for any of the positions, as they receive a message stating that the there has been a problem and that “polling for this election is not open”. This issue has not yet been addressed by the SU.
At 11:39am, UCDSU Returning Officer Stephen Crosby had issued a statement stating that all of the previous issues in the voting system had now been resolved and that students could now vote freely. “SU Elections are now open,” Crosby’s statement said. “All students can have their say on the next team of College Officers and Sabbatical Officers.”
Crosby added that, due to the disruptions, polls will now close at 11pm on Thursday the 1st of April.
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