By The Gown

SU Leader elections 2015

03/03/15 Reverse order Timestamp format


  1. DAY ONE: Polls have now been open for almost 6 hours, from 7 am. As of 1 pm, 556 votes have been cast.

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  2. Numerous election videos have surfaced. VP Community Tori Watson was the first to launch her humorous and unique video...

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  3. Current VP Education Hannah Niblock is re running uncontested for her position with current VP Community Chloe Patterson. Patterson hopes to beat Ellen Haveron to becoming next year's VP Welfare. The pair are running together under 'We Deliver'.'

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  4. VP Equality & Diversity hopeful Oisin Hassan has made a heartfelt video leading with the topic of equal marriage with Macklemore's 'Same Love' as background music.

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  5. The Hood once described candidate for VP Community Connor Malone as "a joker from RAG" in his bid to be Union speaker. Malone's light hearted video lives up to this description, which stars current President Cap'n Ciaran Gallagher.

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  6. DAY ONE: As of 2pm, 730 votes have been cast in this year's elections.Turnout so far this year is at its lowest point since 2008.

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  7. DAY ONE: As of 3pm, 861 votes have been cast compared to 1141 votes at this point in last year's elections.

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  8. DAY ONE: As of 4pm, 988 votes have been cast which indicates a dip in voting rate as the day goes on.

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  9. Statement released by Pro-Choice Society at Queen's criticising presidential candidates' responses to the question "are you pro-choice?" https://thegownatqub.wordpress.com/2015/03/03/pro-choice-society-at-queens-criticise-candidates-responses-to-question-are-you-pro-choice/

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  10. 1,111 votes have been cast by 5 pm today. By this stage last year 1530 votes had been cast. It has generally been a quiet day on campus. Although more candidates have ran this year, are we seeing a decline in interest from the student body?

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  11. Editor Kylie Noble was interviewed this afternoon for BBC Good Morning Ulster's coverage on the SU elections, which should go out on tomorrow's radio show and go online later in the day.

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  12. Caoimhe Mac Neill has released her election video, which includes President Ciaran Gallagher's endorsement.

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  13. Last night Gallagher announced public support for Mac Neill.

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  14. 1,568 votes cast by 10 am this morning.

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  15. 1,635 votes cast by 11 am, votes are expected to pick up during the day.

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  16. This time last year, 2171 votes had been counted online by 11am.

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  17. Statement released from Dominic Doherty, Deputy Director of SU, regarding constitutional amendments on 'good academic standing' for running candidates.

    Proposed amendments will be discussed on the Council Statutory Meeting of 19 March 2015, and will be as follows;

    (i) To remove the Constitutional requirement to be in ‘good academic standing’ at the time of standing for officer election and throughout the term of elected student office – Council is being asked to ratify this proposal again in the light of legal advice arising from the procedural complaint that was issued at the February 2015 meeting.

    (ii) To change the date by which nominations for the student officer elections must be submitted, from the eighth day before polling to the twelfth day prior to the elections, in order to provide sufficient time to produce the increased numbers of posters, manifestos, tee shirts and placards that each candidate is entitled to.

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  18. 1,713 votes cast by 12 noon, total votes this time last year 2258.

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  19. As of 1pm today 1785 people have voted in the elections. This time last year 2338 students had voted.

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  20. 1872 votes cast by 2 pm today. If we look back to five years ago there were 4003 votes cast by 2 pm.

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  21. Sean Fearon's campaign video for the post of VP Campaign and Communications:

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  22. 2062 votes cast by 4 pm today. 2649 votes were cast by this time last year. Due to a post in the English Society Facebook page by a course rep a hour ago we have learnt that only 61 out of 704 students from the school of English have voted in the elections.

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  23. Hi everyone! We are on the third and final day of #LeadQUBSU. Voting turnout by 12 pm today is on 2805. At this stage last year 3497 votes had been cast.

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  24. A complaint has been lodged against VP Equality & Diversity candidate Dervla McGaughey in regards to their campaign video, which the Returning Officer Keelin McGrogan has requested be removed. The Gown has heard that an individual appeared unawares in the video & did not feel comfortable being in it.



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  25. As of 1 pm, 2925 votes have been cast in the elections. At this stage last year 3628 votes had been cast. Less than 4 hours to polls close!

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  26. As of 2pm, 3047 votes have been cast. At this stage last year 3789 votes had been cast. Voting closes in under three hours, at 5 pm.

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  27. As of 3 pm, 3207 votes have been cast. At this stage last year 3899 votes had been cast. Around a hour and forty minutes left of voting.

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  28. As of 4pm 3366 votes have been cast. At this stage last year 4010 votes had been cast. Voting closes in about 40 minutes!

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  29. ELECTIONS OVER! 3,596 votes cast by close of polls at 5 pm. According to official SU data not since 2008 has turnout failed to reach over 4000. Results will be announced tonight in the Speakeasy from 8 pm.

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  30. Check in at 8pm for election results!

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  31. We're live in the Speakeasy awaiting results!

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  32. Not long now, Ciaran Gallagher addresses the crowd, and offers a toast to democracy!

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  33. First up, Rag Charities

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  34. Campaigns and Communications winner...

    Sean Fearon

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  35. Welfare winner...

    Chloe Patterson

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  36. Education winner...

    Hannah Niblock

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  37. Equality and Diversity winner...

    Oisin Hassan

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  38. Community winner...

    Paul Loughran

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  39. Clubs and Societies winner...

    Niall McKenna

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  40. QUBSU President for 2015/16...


    Caoimhe McNeill

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  41. Caoimhe addresses the crowd with an emotional speech

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