By-election results in, voter turnout was poor


The by-election results are in and the turnout was small. Out of almost 2000 registered voters, only 212 ballots were cast.


Emma Higdon was voted in as Arts Student Representative by 22 votes. Jinxuan Li was voted in as International Student Representative, and Christina McLean was voted in as the Mature Student Representative.

In previous years, voter turnout has bounced between 4 – 15 percent, which places this year’s turnout of 10.9% in the mid-range for bi-election turnout. The Chief Returning Officer, Chantel Henderson, who made quite an effort to increase the voter turnout, said she was happy with the result.


Of the five faculties that had student voters, the faculty of Arts had the largest turnout of 87 voters, which represents 13% of the faculty. The faculty of Science had 50 voters (10% of the faculty); the faculty of Business had 46 voters (10% of the faculty), and the faculty of Nursing had 26 voters (11% of the faculty).

There were also two voters from the faculty of Engineering (2% of the faculty) and one voter from an undetermined major.

Bailey Boyer was also elected by acclamation for a 1-year term Senate position.