By Pelumi Agboola – Contributing Writer
After weeks of anticipation, the SU elections campaigns have gotten underway, with voting being open from Friday 17th March until Friday 24th March.
With hustings and radio interviews happening over the course of Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st March, we got to see an insight into who we could be voting for and what they can bring to the table.
Hustings, hosted by Hannah Wileman and Aiden Perrins in the Ele House, allowed candidates to showcase their thoughts on what they would do if elected. Subjects included increasing events and daytime programmes for commuters, international students and first year students.
The candidates also talked about the potential change of Wi-Fi via communication with both Wi-Fi suppliers and students about any new developments. Hustings allowed the candidates to promote themselves and reach out to potentials voters.
Radio interviews took place on Tuesday 21st March on Trident Media Radio, with presenters Martin Ringwood and Nathan Donnelly interviewing various candidates and providing candidates with the opportunity to voice their thoughts and give potential voters an insight into their experience, aims and their first point of call if elected.
Running for engineering school officer, we had Cameroun Harvey on the show to talk about his views on the need for improvement of employability and better placements for those who study in the field of engineering. He also spoke on the quality of lectures and the importance of ensuring students are more inclined to go rather than staying at home.
Speaking on the changes needed in law, we had Law, Criminology and Political Sciences school officer candidate Saila Karim, who discussed her pledge to increase availability of books for law students, and better time frames on law coursework. She also wanted to increase the amount of trips available to promote different avenues after graduating from university.
Trident Media Radio also had the chance to talk to some of this year’s full-time candidates, who discussed many different aspects affecting students across the board.
We had Cynthia Ekezie, who is a former president of the Nigerian society and is currently the Vice-President Democracy and Services. Cynthia discussed ideas such as making university worth the money for students at the university, having quality teaching, and making sure on-campus students know their rights when renting off-campus accommodation, including trouble with landlords and unreturned deposits. Cynthia also wanted to express the importance for elected officers to be more interactive with talking to students, getting their feedback and input as opposed to staying in the office.
Also on the show, current Vice-President Communications and Media and SU President candidate Shelby Loasby spoke about the housing aspect of student life, mentioning the importance of making use of the on-campus letting agents, LetSU, as this would make sure students have value for money and can exercise their rights as a student renting. Shelby also stressed the importance of talking to not just on-campus undergrads but commuters, international students and ‘different demographics’ of people to see what they want from the union. Furthermore, she shared praise for other candidates and expressed her goal to represent both locally and nationally.
Furthermore, VP Education candidates Paul Roberts and Sarah Kwedi; VP Services runners Oliver Price and Ariful Khan; candidates for VP Community Nouha Rakeeb, Sasha Hoey and Godson Hilton Sado, and VP Activities candidate Michael Watkis all came along for interviews.
This year’s SU election campaign will be concluded with Elections Night at the Ele House on Friday 24th March from 6pm.