Welcome to the most exciting live blog of the most boring election in the whole history of the world.
Yes it’s RMIT Votes 2015! After five days of hell, the hacks are gone and the pamphlets are scattered. And now you get to know who the next RMIT Student Union masters will be!
What? You don’t know who they are? You don’t care? PHOOEY.
We’ll be reporting the count for each position throughout the night. But mostly we’ll just be sharing funny videos.
Like, did you see that Peter Dutton video with the climate change joke and the boom mic?! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH this country is doomed.
So strap in, strap on and let Brendan Wrigley and Richard Ferguson give you the best night a couple of half-cut twentysomething middle class boys can.
It’s expected Jinyi Rong (Connect) and Jack Todaro (Stand Up) will be elevated to Gen Reps as two Gen Reps will stand down to become RUSU President and Communication Officer.
President | Ariel Zohar (Connect)
Communication Officer | Alan Pagdham (Connect)
P.S. Senior sources say Connect are on track to win 6 NUS delegate spots and 1 will go to Stand Up.
General Representatives in order of elected
Maggie Chen (Connect) | 505 votes
Himasha Fonseka (Connect) | 494 votes
Alan Pagdham (Connect) | 478 votes
Ariel Zohar (Connect) | 464 votes
Sadaf Hadi (Connect) | 413 votes
The two alternative Gen Reps are Jingyi Rong (Connect) and Jack Todaro (Stand Up). They’d be next in line if any of the Gen Reps stand down.
Emma Fogden (Connect) | 2519 votes
Thomas Lavery (Stand Up) | 338 votes
Nicholas Seers (On Point) | 232 votes
Emma Fogden (Connect) is elected Activities Officer.
Marco Portmann (Connect) | 2657 votes
Catherine Liew (On Point) | 358 votes
Marco Portmann (Connect) is elected Welfare Officer.
After a clean sweep last night of white paper positions we finally have numbers for Gen Reps. But first the other white paper posts…
FOURTH RESULT – Queer Officer
Madeleine Bullock and Liam Reoch (Connect) – 2753 votes
Dylan Pedersen (On Point) – 212
Madeleine Bullock and Liam Reoch (Connect) are elected Queer Officers with 92.8 per cent of the vote.
THIRD RESULT – Women’s Officer
Ella Caufield (Connect) – 1175 votes
Natalie Acreman (Stand Up!) – 170
Nicole Abaid (On Point) – 73
TOTAL – 1418 | INFORMAL – 45
Ella Caulfield (Connect) is elected Women’s Officer with 82.9 per cent of the vote
SECOND RESULT – Education Officer
Carl Melkonian (Connect) | 2327 votes
Luke Hocking (Stand Up!) | 384 votes
Nicole Abaid (On Point) | 284 votes
TOTAL – 2991 | INFORMAL – 430
Carl Melkonian (Connect) is elected Education Officer with 77.8 per cent of the vote.
We’re so bored. We’re going to be here forever. We might just go home, watch some Law and Order.
General representatives and NUS delegates unlikely to be announced tonight.
Should be getting more updates on white paper positions and women’s officer soon.
FIRST RESULT – General Secretary of the RMIT Student Union
Dove, Abena (Connect) | 2454 votes
Hitchcock, Jackson (Stand Up!) | 468 votes
Jenkins, Ben (On Point) | 298 votes
FINAL TOTAL – 3138 | INFORMAL – 298
Abena Dove (Connect) is elected General Secretary with 78 per cent of the vote.
Not all posts were up for election. Some positions were uncontested – or parties failed to get candidates on the ballot.
And here there are. Your uncontested RUSU gang (Why, yes, they are from Connect):
International Officer – PAN, Hao (Connect)
Postgraduate Officer – HOAC, Paul (Connect)
Vocational Education Officer – BORSATO, Alex (Connect)
Brunswick Coordinator – WHITTLE, Charlotte (Connect)
Bundoora Coordinator – THEOBALD, Lachlan (Connect)
Brunswick Representative – VILLAGARAY, Katherine (Connect)
Bundoora East Representative – MATHER, Taylor (Connect)
Bundoora West Representative – MUGHAL, Muhammad Waleed Bin Tariq (Connect)
Catalyst Editors – BROWN, Nathan, LONG, Claudia & COULTHARD, Katie (Connect)
Counting is underway! We’ve been told 3400 ballots have been cast, up 100 ballots since last year. Hoping the count for General Secretary will be in 15-20 minutes.
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