Seven candidates have now withdrawn from the SU Elections 2014. There are now 51 candidates.
Lauren Godin, who was running for Students’ Union (SU) Disabled Students’ Officer; Boudicca Palmer Roberts, who was running for SU Activities Officer; YOLO (aka Thomas Mees), who was running for SU President; Pelumi Owoseje, who was running for SU Community Officer; Yixiu Jiang, who was running for SU Education Officer; and Josh Powell, who was running for SU President, have withdrawn from this year’s SU Elections. The latest candidate to withdraw is Jack Salter, current SU LGBT Officer, who was running for SU President.
Lauren Godin, former SU Disabled Students’ Officer candidate, told Impact: “I would have loved to have run in this years election but I am currently unsure about if I am going to continue with my course in September. For this reason I felt it unfair to run but would like to stand in the future if I remain at Nottingham. I wish the other candidates success with their campaign”.
Yixiu Jiang, former SU Education Officer candidate, told Impact that she had decided to withdraw from the election because she didn’t believe that she could campaign sufficiently without putting the final year of her degree in jeopardy. Jiang then added that she will continue to encourage the SU to implement her idea of an ‘International Learning Group’. She wishes the other candidates the best of luck in the election.
Josh Powell, former SU President candidate, told Impact: “I cannot contest this election because I won a Masters scholarship to the University of Pennsylvania and I have not had confirmation that I will be able to defer my entry – so it would be unfair for me to run knowing that I may have had to turn the position down if I had won the election. My name was [also] not actually meant to be on the list disclosed to everyone. I offer my very best wishes to all the other candidates”.
Jack Salter, current SU LGBT officer and former President Candidate, told Impact: “I’ve now submitted my withdrawal from the elections, and it has been accepted. My reasons for doing so are that, over the last month or so, I have put a lot of energy into LGBT History Month, my course and a number of other projects. I have not had a chance, really, to recover the energy that that’s taken, and feel to stand in the elections would take the only energy I have remaining. I have therefore decided to prioritise my wellbeing, my degree and my commitments to the Network.”
Boudicca Palmer Roberts, Pelumi Owoseje and Yolo (aka Thomas Mees) were unavailable for comment.
The list of candidates has therefore been amended as follows:
Jack Benjamin Salter
Equal Opportunities and Welfare Officer:
Pratheek “Raff” Badrinath
Environment and Social Justice Officer:
Huda Nadhya Kamalaneson
Prince Phathisani Ncube
Disabled Students’ Officer:
James Storm Otieno
International Students’ Officer:
Van Q Bui
Mature Students’ Officer:
Emma Ehrenberg & Beth Searby
Campaigning starts now. Voting will open on the Thursday 6th March 2014 at 9am and results of the winning candidates will be announced on the evening of the Friday 14th March. Voting closes at 3pm on this day.