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Davey elected UNBSU president, students vote yes on emergency bursary fund

Technical issues were the cause of a delay in the release of the results of the UNBSU general election.

Almost three days after the polls closed, Katie Davey was named the 2015-2016 UNBSU president. The rest of the UNBSU executive include Travis Daley as vice-president external, Jesse Reid as vice-president internal, Will MacMackin as vice-president finance and operations and Mikayla Donovan as vice-president student services.

“I’m excited to have been elected the next UNBSU president … We’ve got a great team of councillors and I look forward to working with each and every one of them. I look forward to working with, and for, students to build a better UNB in the coming year,” said Davey in a written statement.

Davey beat out Muhammad Khan for the position of UNBSU president — the first general election since 2010 where there was more than one candidate running for president, according to the election records on UNB eservices.

But it wasn’t only candidates that UNB students were voting for during the election period.  In a referendum question, the UNBSU asked students if they were willing to pay a $10 yearly fee for a student emergency bursary fund that would help students in financial crisis.

The vote went through by a margin of 83 votes.

“It was really great to see,” said Lee Thomas, current vice-president internal of the UNBSU. “I think students realized that their money can go to help each other help themselves and this was something they wanted to make a priority. And I’m really glad that they did I think this is going to be a great service.”

The fee will still need to be passed by the incoming UNBSU council. Should this happen, it will be implemented in September 2016.

“Given the fact that this is a yes vote it’s very unlikely that [next year’s council] won’t pass it,” Thomas said.

The delay in the release of the election results was not the only technical issue of this year’s general election. Although the UNBSU Facebook page reports between 23-24 per cent voter turnout, UNB’s eservices, where the election took place, reports a 10.8 per cent voter turnout out of 13,175 eligible voters.

The UNBSU’s chief returning officer, Brittany Hannah, said the pool of eligible voters was closer to 5,600.

“Another issue I have to take up with ITS I believe,” Hannah said. “I’ve heard of there being ITS problems in the past.”

Last year, there were many issues with the election ballots caused by technical difficulties, including the omission of the Board of Governors ballot and a nursing representative candidate.

Last year’s voter turnout was 17.7 per cent.

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