Union Librarian Stuart Webber has defeated Treasurer Zuleyka Shahin by over 600 votes in the election for Union President, results released this morning have shown. Webber’s STEP slate won all the Union’s other major officerships: Librarian, Treasurer, and Secretary.
The hotly contested election saw a turnout of over 1,500 Union members, one of the highest in recent Union elections. The number of votes cast was nearly 400 higher than in last term’s election, in which Charlie Vaughan won the Presidency uncontested.
The final vote tally for President was 442 votes for Shahin, and 1,055 for Webber.
The election featured two primary slates. Webber’s STEP group promised “Speakers, Transparency, Experience, and Progress,” whilst the #NOWorNEVER campaign ran on a manifesto promising to improve access and bring “structural change to the Union”.
Niamh Coote, the STEP candidate for Librarian, won by over 500 votes. Noah Lachs defeated Brenda Njiru by over 300 votes for the position of Treasurer. Ssuuna Golooba-Mutebi, the STEP candidate for Secretary, won uncontested.
A message on the STEP Facebook page said: “We’d like to thank you all so much for voting yesterday – we never could have dreamt of winning with such margins, and we owe it all to the help, support and love of everyone… We look forward to producing an extraordinary programme of events at the Union over the next two terms.”
Stuart Webber (S): 1055
Zuleyka Shahin (N): 442
Niamh Coote (S): 948
Oliver Quie (N): 417
Noah Lachs (S): 850
Brenda Njiru (N): 511
Ssuuna Golooba-Mutebi (S): 1138
Henna Dattani (S): 332
Mia Smith (S): 242
Tim Cannon (N): 187
Callum Tipple: (S): 187
Jonathan Tan (S): 165