The Australian National University Students’ Association (ANUSA) elections have been dominated by the Common Thread ticket which has taken out almost every position they contested. These elections were the most contested in recent years with six separate tickets offering up candidates and three, A Naked ANUSA, Common Thread and The Front Row Ticket, contesting all executive positions and faculty representative positions.
The pink T-shirt toting Common Thread ticket, led by Aleks Sladojevic, has been the clear winner, with its candidates having been successful by considerable margins in all but two contested positions so far. The white (or rather, pink) wash of executive positions was particularly notable with nearly all candidates being elected on their significant first preference votes alone.
The Front Row Ticket and A Naked ANUSA have both claimed one position each, with Casey White taking out one of the two College of Arts and Social Science Faculty Representative positions and Nick Horton of A Naked ANUSA being elected as one of the College of Asia and the Pacific Faculty Representatives.
In a concerning trend for advocates of more student engagement with ANUSA, only 1515 votes were cast out of student body of approximately 8700. It is yet another low turnout in a downward drift which has seen 1697 votes cast in 2011, 1125 in 2010 (a year which did not have any major competing tickets), 2013 in 2009 and 1857 in 2008.
General Representatives and National Union of Students delegate positions are yet to be announced with counting still underway. Woroni will have the results as they come to hand.
The newly elected ANUSA executive will commence their term from 1 December 2012.
The final election results as of 27/08/2012 are below:
President– Aleks Sladojevic (Common Thread)
Vice President – Tas Vaughan (Common Thread)
General Secretary – Sophia Stanley (Common Thread)
Social Officer – Liv Clark (Common Thread)
Treasurer – Shan Verne Liew (Common Thread)
Education Officer – Amy MacKinnon (Common Thread)
Queer* Officer – Stuart Ferrie (independent)
Environment Officer – Leila Alexandra (Students of Sustainability)
Women’s Officer – Beth Ritchie (Independent)
International Students’ Officer – Muhammad Taufiq bin Suraidi (Independent)
Indigenous Officer – Brogan Goode (Independent)
Disabilities Officer – Louise Stockton (Independent)
College of Arts and Social Sciences – Casey White (The Front Row Ticket) and Ruohan Zhao (Common Thread)
College of Asia and the Pacific – Nick Horton (A Naked ANUSA) and Ashleigh Ralph (Common Thread)
College of Business and Economics – Charles Lewsbe Hordern Carroll (Common Thread) and Jennifer Darmody (Common Thread)
College of Engineering and Computer Science – Sanjay Govindan (Common Thread) and Caroline Skinner (Common Thread)
College of Law – Kelly Krisofferson (Common Thread) and Antonija Kurbalija (Common Thread)
College of Physical Sciences / College of Medicine, Biology and Environment – Zaiga Thomann (Common Thread) and Ellen Rykers (Common Thread)