Guild referendum fails to engage enough students
The referendum on the proposed democratic structures has failed to reach quoracy – not enough students voted in order for it to be considered legitimate. A total of 3441 students, 10%, needed to vote in the referendum but only 1994 students, 5.8%, voiced their opinion.
At the close of voting, the proposal received 1127 votes (57%) in favour, 748 votes (40%) against, and 69 votes (3%) in abstention.
Although the majority of those who voted agreed with the proposal, the lack of quoracy means that the proposal cannot be put into effect. The Guild was put in a similar position last year when the referendum on a similar proposal failed to have enough votes placed despite being open for voting for seven weeks.
In a post on Facebook, the Yes Campaign said ‘Sadly, we didn’t manage to hit quoracy, but we did return a yes vote from the student body. We’d like to thank every single member of the Yes campaign for all their hard work over the last week or so. It’s been really difficult at times, but we’ve been tenacious and supported each other, and the cause. Thank you also to every student who voted and took part in the democratic process, and all the people who engaged in friendly debate about the issues at hand.’
On the other hand, the No Campaign said ‘Having the referendum at the same time as Officer elections was, we feel, a mistake, because although it was intended to be used to increase voting numbers, it meant a great deal of students didn’t hear about the proposed changes, or confused the referendum with the elections based on the amount of cardboard on campus.
‘We don’t know which way the vote would have gone had it been quorate and there had been a fully competitive campaign outside of the election period. However, we shouldn’t mistake the lack of quoracy for a lack of interest in either campaign from students.’
Voting for the referendum was open alongside the Guild Elections from 10am Monday 2nd March to 4pm Friday 6th March. As of 2pm, 5131 students had voted in the Guild Elections, 3137 more than the in the referendum. Results of the Guild elections will be released from 7.30pm tomorrow evening. You can follow them live at www.guildelections.co.uk/live