It has been a month since the federal election and students are preparing for another ballot – the 2016 Tasmania University Union (TUU) elections.

TUU Executive Officer Jenny Hart said students are encouraged to nominate and have their voice heard by the student body.

“We welcome student participation in the TUU elections, which provides an excellent opportunity to represent the student voice and to help enhance the student experience for all UTas students,” Ms Hart said.

Voting is not compulsory, but students are encouraged to complete the ballot and have a say on who will best represent their interests.

It is hoped that active participation will help raise campus spirit, after a year of resignations and ineffective student governance.

TUU General Secretary Abbey Studley, TUU South Disabilities Officer Saffire Grant, and TasPostgrads President Abu Mahama have resigned. This follows the resignation of TUU Societies President Liam Salter in May.

Simon Burnett, Padraig Pearce and Lauren Viney are now acting Postgraduate, Education and Societies Presidents respectively.

A source who wished to remain anonymous has confirmed that TUU South remains in disarray, following the resignation of recently elected campus president Afrouz Chiniforoush. The resignation was a result of her graduation from UTas.

The source alleges that during Ms Chiniforoush’s short term in office, meeting times, agendas and minutes were not made available to the public, and there was a lack of understanding about campus activities and the proper conduct of meetings.

The organisational challenges faced by the TUU and TUU South have become increasingly apparent, with the annual ScavHunt event, traditionally run by the TUU, now being organised by the UTas ScavHunt society.

An approval ballot for the Tasmanian University Law Society executive will also be held on August 24th and 26th, from 12pm to 2pm. This year’s Student Welfare Officer, Ruthie Jeanneret, is nominated for President. Amy Burnell is nominated for Vice-President of Marketing and Sponsorship.

Nominations for the Tasmania University Union (TUU) elections opened on August 11th, and will close at 4pm on August 26th.

Polling for the election will occur after mid-semester break, from 10am on Monday September 12th, to 5pm on Wednesday September 14th.
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