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OUSA Election Results: Hail to the Chong

OUSA Election Results: Hail to the Chong

After weeks of enthusiastic campaigning, the chalk-fingered and glue-splattered candidates for the 2006 OUSA executive gathered at the university’s Gazebo Lounge tonight to hear the winners announced.

A total of 2173 students turned out to vote over the 4 days of the election, either at polling booths around campus or using OUSA’s state-of-the-art online voting system. Outgoing OUSA President Steven Sutton described the turnout as “impressive” and “a bit of a relief, really”.

Concerns had previously been raised about the effect the lack of contenders for the presidential position would have on voter turnout. Paul Chong, standing uncontested for president, was elected with 1619 votes. Competition for the presidential position usually helps to raise the profile of the election, and this is the first time in memory that only one person has stood for president.

However, according to Returning Officer Mark Heine, tight competition for other executive positions ensured a high-profile campaign and the ease of online voting guaranteed a high turnout.

“We had 7 people standing for Humanities Representative, and 5 people were standing for the two General Executive positions, so there’s plenty of interest out there” said Mr Heine. “This year’s turnout was very healthy.”

The provisional results are as follows:

Position - Candidate - Result:

Clubs and Societies Representative

I have no confidence in this candidate 428

Nick Valentine 1590

Commerce Representative
I have no confidence in this candidate 76

William Dougherty 292

Education Officer
Hayden Starkey 1491
I have no confidence in this candidate 524

Finance and Services Officer
Brendan (Dan) Connor 1569

I have no confidence in this candidate 456

General Executive
I have no confidence in these candidates 247
Kewa Mascelle 865
Konrad Eales 319
Mike Baker 1206
Peter Wilson 407
Scott Wombwell 390
Shane Heasley 327


Health Science Representative
I have no confidence in these candidates 47

Jonathan (Jonno) Chen 282

Rachel Lee 206

Humanities Representative
Alex Watt 95

I have no confidence in these candidates 33
Kirby-Jane Hallum 160
Mark Scott 204
Paul Jones 18
Shannon Anderson 59
Tristan Eggarr 103
Victoria Nicholson 64

International Students Representative
I have no confidence in these candidates 23
Isadore Ekawati 65
Jane (Jee Won) Choi 77
Levin Wong 103

Pacific Island Representative

I have no confidence in this candidate 4
Rahul Prasad 64

Post Graduate Representative
Holly Lawford-Smith 166

I have no confidence in this candidate 43

President
I have no confidence in this candidate 456

Paul Chong 1619

Science Representative

Hayden Selvadurai 256

I have no confidence in these candidates 59

Peter Wilson 142

Welfare Officer

Aine Ni Bhroin 1590

I have no confidence in this candidate 431

Womens Representative

I have no confidence in this candidate 175

Lindsay Price 882


ENDS

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