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OPSA - Student Election Result

Otago Polytechnic Students' Association, PO Box 5381, Dunedin, tel/fax 477-6974

Media Release

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

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