The Tab has learned today that less than HALF the number of people have voted in this year’s SUSU Elections in comparison to last year.
An email sent out to all candidates today informed candidates that less people have voted, and the number of visitors to the main voting website has dropped by 2,000.
The verdict – chances are this year’s turnout will be a few thousand less than last year.
This result isn’t really surprising, as the number of people campaigning this year has changed massively. Normally the candidates for President have the biggest campaign teams, and there were 8 candidates for President last year. There are only two this year.
We learned prior to the elections this year that a lot of potentials for President were actually “put off” running upon hearing Sam Ling was re-running. Without wanting to throw any accusations around, is it possible that by being so damn good at his job, Sam Ling has dismantled our student democracy?
UPDATE: For more information on statistics on the SUSU elections, visit http://www.susu.org/elections/sabbatical/stats