The United slate has won the 2012 UMSU general elections, according to preliminary results released by the office of the Chief Returning Officer.
Here is a breakdown of the preliminary results per candidate:
Bilan Arte (United) — 1,235
Thianne Diop (Free Radicals) — 207
Aaron Griffiths (No More Tears) — Not reported
Jennifer Black (United) — 1,401
Sarah-Marie Chaillot (Free Radicals) — 334
Vice-president Student Services
Ronnie Cruz (United) — 1,363
Trevor Samec (Free Radicals) — 367
Justin Paquin (United) — 1,363
Matt Moffat (Free Radicals) — 378
Kwesi Bruce (United) — 1,374
Chantal Shivanna Ramraj (Free Radicals) — 367
Tallies of votes for independent candidate Aaron Griffiths, who is currently appealing his disqualification from the 2012 UMSU general elections, were not provided to the Manitoban at press time.
The Manitoban had been informed by the office of the CRO that Griffiths’s votes would still be tallied, and the final results would be released pending the decision of the appeals committee.
Aboriginal students’ representative
Yes — 135
No — 20
International students’ representative
Monica Igweagu — 163
Moazzam Faisal — 111
Can Liu — 105
LGBTTQ* students’ representative
Kyle St Godard
Yes — 200
No — 25
Yes — 739
No — 80
The preliminary results suggest that turnout for the 2012 UMSU general election was a disappointing 7.3 per cent. This is down five per cent from last year’s 12.3 per cent and significantly down from the nearly 20 per cent who turned up to vote in 2009.
We will be updating this story as more details become available.
With notes from Leif Larsen