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ASC candidates hopeful for election success

UPDATE: ASC Election results announced

Kerosha Reddy
Nelisa Metula
Buhle Mayatula
Aseza Matanzima
Sewela Makgolane
Sphindile Gumede
Regis Majawa

The Accounting School Council student elections were held today on Wits West campus. The candidates are hopeful for increased student support and intend to continue building a stronger relationship between the students, the new council and lecturers. 

Students at the School of Accountancy casting their vote for the Accounting Student Council Photo: Riante Naidoo
Students at the School of Accountancy casting their vote for the 2015 Accounting Student Council Photo: Riante Naidoo

Seventeen students are standing in the Wits Accounting Student Council elections which started earlier this week at Wits West campus.

There are 11 positions available on the Council and candidates are hoping a spot on the structure will help to increase cohesion between staff and students in the school.

Phiwe Fongoqa and Sewela Makgolane, both 2nd year BComAcc, students are standing as members of a group called “The Connect”. “The Connect is a group of 10 individuals who share the same vision and goals for the ASC,” Fongoqa said.

Makgolane said she encouraged students to vote to create the platform for change that a new council will offer. “We want to diminish the gaps between the different levels in the school,” she said.

“There is a huge gap between the students, the ASC and the lecturers,” he said, “We want to form one tight bond and work as one school,” Fongoqa said.

“The ASC are here to make sure students have the right support structures, influences and networks for when they leave,” Fongoqa said, “provided we get the student support, we can make a change”.

One of the individual candidates, Nilendri Naicker, 2nd year BAccSci, is hoping to secure the position of chair or vice-chair of the Council. Despite running against a large group like The Connect, Naicker feels she has a good chance of success but expressed disappointed at the low voter turnout.

The election process began on Tuesday, and culminated in voting this afternoon. It is still unclear when the final results will be made public.

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This article first appeared in Wits Vuvuzela, March 2015.

 

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