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The countdown to Elections 2019

News, Radio

The countdown to Elections 2019

6 months ago
By Hannah Wilson and Ashleigh Swan

We’re just under an hour away until the results of our 2019-2020 Elections. We spoke to some of the candidates about how they’re feeling and about tonight’s results.

Lubaba Khalid – running for Welfare Officer
How are you feeling about results night?
Very nervous and anxious. It’s a natural feeling though I guess. I tried my best and that’s the best I can do.
How has the process of running been?
I was the BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) Officer last year so I’m used to the shorter campaign, but it’s been good, a lot of fun.
Why do you think you are the ideal candidate?
I’ve worked super hard this year and pushed for numerous things. We had the biggest black history month, and Asian heritage month on campus. I’ve also managed to guarantee funding for research around the attainment gap. I’m also the only one with experience in the Student’s Union as an elected officer.
What will be your first step if you win?
I’m actually going to a conference tomorrow representing BAME students for the NUS Black Students conference in Bradford. I’m there for the weekend so it’ll be a long one.
What is the most important thing you have learned during this process?
Patience. I’ve previously been not a very patient person, so I’ve definitely had a growth in that this year.
You were very strong during the debate, where does your confidence come from?
Being a visibly black Muslim woman, I’ve been told before I won’t be able to achieve anything, so my confidence comes from every time I’ve been undermined as a black Muslim woman. I have my policies and I’m ready to fight for them.

Ibrahim Alzaid – running for President
How are you feeling about results night?
I am nervous but excited! All the candidates are good, but I am feeling pretty confident!
How has the process of running been?
A big process! I got to meet a lot of new people, made a number of friends..like I would walk into a place to vote and come out making friends!
Why do you think you are the ideal candidate?
I feel like I am very hard working and very rarely do I feel like I could have done more, just pure hard work.
What will be your first step if you win?
Probably offering support for single parents and young carers who are studying at the University.
What is the most important thing you have learned during this process?
Probably having a well-established team. My campaign manager, Darshan helped me greatly, I wouldn’t have done it without him.

Olivia Ponsford – running for President

How are you feeling about results night?
I am feeling very nervous…been a long 24 hours. I think all of the candidates have an equal chance, no one is an obvious winner.
How has the process of running been?
Most stressful period of my life. It has been very intense, every time you aren’t campaigning I felt like I was missing out.
Why do you think you are the ideal candidate?
Because of my experience, being a member of the football team and president of mental health society. My manifesto has the widest range of all of the candidates.
What will be your first step if you win?
To communicate with people to make sure that all issues are figured out. I will also make sure that Wednesday afternoons are off for sports as well.
What is the most important thing you have learned this process?
Patience. Not everyone wants to speak to you, people have told me that they dint want to vote for me, so I had learned how to deal with that. Also not to be hard on myself.

Louis Holder- running for President
How are you feeling about results night?

I am feeling nervous, because it is really intense, and we have so many great candidates.
How has the process of running been?
It has been fantastic! I have developed so much and it’s been really great to get to know everyone.
Why do you think you are the ideal candidate?
Because I represent the needs to students, having spent my past years at uni talking to students and getting involved.
What will be your first step if you win?
Address my manifesto points, organise a forum and talk to students.
What is the most important thing you have learned during this process?
Patience.

You can catch the full results from elections nights live on Smoke Radio or on our liveblog on our website!
Good luck to all of our candidates!