The polls opened to all students for the annual Students’ Association Elections at 00:01 am on Thursday 7 March 2019 and will remain open until 6 pm, Friday 8 March, with results being announced shortly thereafter, at 8 pm.
Nominations opened the week commencing Monday 25 February and closed on Friday 1 March, with campaigners taking to the streets the following day until Friday 8 March to advocate their manifestos.
In an email circulated to the student body, Paloma Paige, the current President of the Students’ Association said, “Elections are truly upon us. Every year at the beginning of March, St Andrew’s becomes one of the most thriving and engaged student democracies in Britain, with turnout as high as 50 per cent in recent years.”
She continued, “Being an elected representative is a tremendous development opportunity.”60 different positions are available under the categories of Sabbaticals, SRC and SSC roles, association positions, school presidents, and modern language conveners.
The official Facebook page of the St Andrews Students’ Association Elections announced nominations as they applied with the hashtag #saelect.
Sabbaticals are the only roles which are full-time paid positions and successful applicants will take office on 1 July 2019 following a month-long paid handover transition.
The nominees for Association President include Jamie Rodney, who has founded St Candrews and campaigned for Srdja Popovic to be Rector; Josh Stevens, the treasurer of the Comedy Club and Marketing Officer Officer of Saints LGBT+ and Paloma Paige, who is running for her position again.
Director of Education is the only Sabbatical position not to be contested. Sahil Ali withdrew his candidacy saying to The Saint: “I felt I had solid policies which I actively tried to develop beyond the simple lists of ideas which most candidates give. But given the amount of work I already have as a student and a school president, and the fact that I have to take into account my planned studies beyond St. Andrews, I decided that I needed to focus more on those things instead.” Amy Bretherton will now run unopposed for the position.
Director of Student Development and Activities will be contested between Shaina Sullivan and Cristian Avram.
Director of Wellbeing has three candidates, they are Flora Smith, Zelda Tobias-Kotyk, and Phoebe Soulon.
Director of Events and Services is the most contested position with four people running. Ruraidh Stewart, Mika Schmeling, Nicholas Thornton, and Megan MacKay will have to distinguish themselves in a crowded field.
The Presidency of the Athletic Union is contested between Netball President Leah Allcock and Fencing captain Audrey Sherr.
Several events have taken place during the campaigning week to allow for students to meet and question candidates concerning the individual roles that they have been nominated for.
This included the Sabbatical Question Time on Monday 4 March 2019, and on the following consecutive days, the Athletic Union Presidential Hustings and the Sabbatical Candidate Debate.
Adam Powrie, the current Director of Events and Services revealed that during the elections, students would also be able to vote for a BOP.
Students will be able to cast their votes online using their St Andrews username and password.
The results for all positions will be announced on Friday 8 March at 8 pm at The Stage and will be livestreamed by The Saint.