Sussex Students’ Union election results announced

Over 12,000 votes were cast in the elections this year


Yesterday at Sussex we witnessed the democratic process in action, with another year of student elections.

Over the past few weeks, students have been campaigning for votes to be elected as the next full time officers and part time officer positions for the Students’ Union, with voting open from 17th March until 25th March at 5pm.

With over 12,000 votes cast, we had an impressive 14.71 per cent of Sussex students turning out to actively participate in the choosing of this year’s student officers.

Results were announced yesterday in Falmer House common room and streamed lived online. The SU has made the live stream recording available to watch on their website.

With a combined total of 726 votes, we see Jacob Whitear, Keziah Christine (Muthoni) Kahuho and Amelia Rose Mcmahan taking on the role of Student Trustees.

In other part-time officer roles, we saw Genie Gilkes and Prashanta Ray being elected as LGBTQ+ officers, with a total of 900 votes. Fran Vincis and Caragh Bone as Disabled Student Officers with 877 votes. Rioja Jacques as Trans and Non-Binary Students’ Officer, with 807 votes, and Naina Bahl as our new Women’s Officer with 753 votes.

Special mention to the BAME officer position, who had no candidates applying, so the role will re-open for application, alongside the two post-graduate part-time officer positions in September.

Full time officer roles saw the successful election of Rose Linehan with 910 votes as Education and Employability Officer, Aaron Williams with 914 votes as Diversity, Access and Participation Officer, Riko Kunisue with 1,314 votes as International Students’ Officer, Niamh Tickner with 975 votes, as Student Living and Sustainability Officer, Liam Pem with 1,031 votes as Wellbeing Officer, and Nere Cornell with 994 votes as Sport, Societies and Events Officer.

This year, Riko Kunisue recieved the highest amount of votes for the entire election at 1, 314.

You can follow the link here to read more about their individual manifestos and what each of our new student representatives hopes to bring to the role, and how they plan to actively change the university campus to promote inclusivity, accessibility, transparency and improvement.

Congratulations to all the new officers and well done to everyone who applied.

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