On October 8, lone candidate Meagan Campbell was disqualified from the race for King’s Students’ Union journalism representative.
The elections committee requires all candidates to stop campaigning at 11:59 pm before polling days, and for the appropriate forms and paperwork to be filled out and handed in.
Her disqualification was a matter of missing paperwork. Campbell stated in an email that she “just forgot to hand in a list of the places where [she] put up posters.” KSU chief returning officer Emma Morris made an effort to contact Campbell before the cutoff, but was unable to reach her.
Morris, who is heading up the logistics of this election, disclosed that “the elections committee needed to vote on whether or not this would result in disqualification. We met the next morning bright and early and unfortunately had to make the decision to disqualify her.”
As Campbell was the only student in the running, a second election will be held. Campbell has every intention to run again, which she is eligible to do. In an email, she stated that she would “hand [the appropriate paperwork] in and then they’ll do the voting.”
While reopening nominations and the voting booth may cause confusion for journalism students, particularly those living off campus, Morris is confident that the second round of voting will go smoothly. “We’re going to work with the journalism school to make sure that information gets out there and is very accessible for students of all years.”