OPSA - Student Election Result
Otago Polytechnic Students' Association, PO Box 5381, Dunedin, tel/fax 477-6974
Embargoed midnight Thursday 23 October 2003
attn: Education Reporters
Student Election Result
The Otago Polytechnic Students' Association election for the positions of PRESIDENT and VICE-PRESIDENT 2004 has been declared today. Over 230 votes were cast, the results are:
Rachel Dibble 106
Matt Dowling 103
No Confidence 6
Virgina Heta 179
No Confidence 28
Returning Officer, Lesley Scoullar, noted it was the closest result ever in an OPSA election, and that she was pleased with the 35% increase in voter turnout.
Both Rachel and Virgina are Te Ao Maori diploma students, and Matt is a Nursing student at the Polytechnic.
Rachel is also an IHC support worker, a trained teacher and has lived in Asia. Rachel stood on a platform of being accessible and supporting students to achieve their visions and ambitions. Virgina was a full-time mother until starting Polytechnic and strongly believes in fighting for good quality education and a safe environment.
Nominations for the rest of the 2003 Executive open on 26 February, with elections at OPSA's AGM on the 24 March.
Further Information: Lesley Scoullar tel/fax (03) 477-6974 Returning Officer Mark Baxter tel/fax (03) 477-6974 Student Liaison Officer mob 021-1146-753