Vice President Academic Affairs candidate Benjamin Brooks has withdrawn his nomination for the sabbatical position less than an hour after voting opened today at 2.30pm.
The candidate said: ‘I entered into the recent SUSU Sabbatical elections with a clear vision of how I would like to run my election campaign. It was really simple and very different from how I know the other candidates would be running their campaigns, I would run a low-key campaign driven by my policies and experience, without gimmick or palming people off with sound bites.
‘As the last couple of weeks have progressed it has become steadily clear to me that I could not win the election with the resources at my disposal, so I have today withdrawn my nomination to the position of VP Academic Affairs.
‘Almost the entire campaign team currently undertaking a short-course module with lectures running from 9-5 every day they have been unable to campaign on my behalf. Further more I would not ask any person to jeopardise their education on behalf of helping me apply for a job – that is after all what the SUSU elections are about.
‘This unfortunate and unavoidable state of affairs means that I have been attempting to campaign on my lonesome, which has proven to be both an isolating and nerve-wracking experience.’
Benjamin has thanked SUSU media departments for ‘keeping their elections coverage balanced and fair’, as well as the other three candidates running for the position and ‘being amicable opponents.’
He added, ‘I would also like to thank them for keeping to the spirit of the elections and running honest, fair campaigns. To those students who were considering voting for me now that elections are open, I’m sorry for forcing you to think again, and whilst it is not my place to inform your decision, I would say that the best thing you can do for the students’ union is to read through the manifestos of the remaining candidates with care before making your decision.’
Voting opened today at 2.30pm. To vote, visit www.susu.org/vote.
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