With the list of candidates having been released on 12 April, the 2017/2018 UCT Students’ Representative Council (SRC) election season started in earnest on 18 April when the first interrogation of the aspirant student leaders took place.
The 27 candidates were introduced to students in the Molly Blackburn Hall where they presented their manifestos and were quizzed by the electorate. They will undergo similar interrogations at venues around UCT’s campuses and residences until 21 April, giving students a chance to get to know the people who are asking for their vote.
All but four of the candidates represent the Pan-Africanist Student Movement of Azania (PASMA), the Economic Freedom Fighters Student Command (EFFSC) or the South African Students’ Congress (SASCO). The remaining four are independent, with no political affiliation.
For the first time in years, there is no candidate from the Democratic Alliance Student Organisation (DASO), which was one of the dominant forces in UCT SRC elections in the past decade.
The elections are being held now after last year’s planned elections were delayed due to disagreements about the candidate list. The new SRC’s term will be from May/June to 31 October 2017, and all students are eligible to vote.
Putting faces to names.
Keep up to date by following the UCT SRC Elections page on Twitter:
UCT SRC Election Question and Answer sessions 18th April - 21 April pic.twitter.com/FeIgE348No— UCT Elections (@UCTSRCElections) April 13, 2017
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