IGNITE’s election for Board of Directors marked by low turnout
The new IGNITE Board of Directors, elected by one of the lowest number of voters, expects to begin work on May 1.
In the week-long election that ended March 13, the total number of students who cast their vote was 5,443, which is 16.4 per cent of eligible students.
The directors for North campus are Keithtian Green with 708 votes, Eli Ridder with 581 votes, Aisha Ahmad with 469 votes and Anthony Grguric with 371 votes.
At Lakeshore campus, students picked Ryan Stafford with 573 votes, Gabi Hentschke with 488 votes and Aashi Jhunjhunwala with 299 votes.
The University of Guelph-Humber positions were filled by Megan Roopnarine with 318 votes and Stefan Thomas with 298 votes.
“I definitely believe that we need some change,” said Sirene Qureshi, who was a North campus candidate for the election. “We need to promote the interests of the campus and evaluate our targets so we meet the needs of the students. There are a lot of issues that need to be solved.”
The new board will work under new IGNITE bylaws, approved in a January meeting. In previous years, students elected the positions of president and vice-president but now the board will be responsible for their duties.
“Elections are important to every student as the board of directors is going to represent us for the session and it important to choose the right candidate,” said Priyanka Sharma, a first-year student at Humber Lakeshore.
“I hope the new team comes up with new ideas to make the functioning better and students can benefit out of it,” she said.
The results of the elections were supposed to be announced in a conference later cancelled because of COVID-19.