Mary Wolfe Interim Orillia Bureau Chief Although the calendar reads early February, students are busily studying for midterms and posting exam schedules. These are clear signs that the school year is almost over. With that comes election season at Lakehead. On Wednesday, February 5, the cafeteria hosted the debate for the Board of Directors election. [...]
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By Amanda Gallo and Stephanie Simko, Staff Writer and News Editor The Outpost was host to another year of debates as hopeful candidates for the LUSU Executive and Board of Directors opened themselves to the entire student body on both campuses to share their platforms, ideas for improvement, and their answers to tough questions from [...]
Before the Chief Returning Officer has even presented his election report to the LUSU Board of Directors, the legitimacy of the results is being called into question. A tense, protracted meeting on February 18th saw numerous candidates level accusations of a faulty election process, while CRO Dyke Nwosah fired back with accusations of his own surrounding violations of campaign rules by candidates.
The month-long LUSU executive elections process wrapped up this past Thursday as Chief Returning Officer Dyki Nwosah and his staff counted ballots well into the evening. The victors of the hard-fought race were President-Elect Slim Babay and V.P. Finance-Elect Brent Moyer, with V.P. Student Issues Neva Bassingthwaite securing a second term.
Questions have surfaced about the LUSU election after several students, a poll clerk, and some candidates raised concerns about the process. The long list of alleged problems includes inadequate training for poll clerks, clerks coaching students on who to vote for, failure to follow proper vote tracking procedure, and a vote counting system open to manipulation.
Every president of LUSU, from the first one thirty years ago, has had to undertake an impossible task. They take office with eight short months in which to enact their agenda. Additionally, they are expected to address every student’s concern, carefully toe the line between the student body and university administration, reach out to the community at large, and act as the bullhorn for students’ issues to those that wouldn’t listen otherwise.