Eli Ridder | The Avro Post
With the overall number of 8,489 students voting or abstaining, none of the IGNITE election candidates, including the president-designate, won over 50 per cent of the ballots in their respective races.
IGNITE President-designate Monica Khosla won 47.94 per cent of the overall vote with 4,070 ballots and runner-up Allisa Lim took 46.60 per cent with 3,956, outside of the 463 of those that abstained.
At the University of Guelph-Humber, the races were tight for the vice presidential candidates.
Overall, 1018 people voted for GH-specific candidates and in absentia.
Vice President-designate Maheen Nazim took 412 of the ballots, and therefore 40.47 per cent of the vote. Runner-up’s Rose Bonello and Harry Carlisle Swindall together took 56.58 of the ballots, with an extra 2.95 lost to abstentions.
The two GH board winners, Siery and Lulat, received 405 of the votes together, or 39.78 per cent of the overall GH board vote, shy of the 509 votes that would be needed for 50 per cent.
This means that over 50 per cent of voters did not vote for the board winners.
The Academic Reform Group recently called for ranked ballots , a system that finds a winner based on how candidates are ordered by voters, assigning second favorites to those that are still in the running over a series of rounds.
Currently, IGNITE utilizes first-past-the-post, where the candidate with the most amount of votes wins the race, regardless of the percentage of the win.
This system is used by some Canadian political parties in their leadership races such as the Conservative Party and the Ontario Progressive Conservatives.
Other post-secondary institutions have also used the system.
About 28.3 per cent of the student population from the campuses that IGNITE administers voted in the 2018 elections, an increase from the approximately 23.5 per cent that filled ballots last year.
More details to follow. Image of the IGNITE elections news conference from Eli Ridder/The Avro Post.