Officer fails to seek re-election
He did however miss the closing date by a mere 5 minutes. This gives his would be running mate Natalie Simpson a clear run against RON (Re-open Nominations).
In speaking to The Gown Mark Hill confirmed that it was his intention to seek re-election but did deliver his nomination form "in 5 minutes late" and it therefore was not accepted.
He explained that he was coming from a class, finishing at 12 noon and missed the deadline arriving at 5 minutes past. Mr Hill accepted that it was his own fault but suggested that he may run a campaign asking voters to vote for RON (Re-open Nominations).
RON (or Re-open Nominations) is on the ballot paper to allow voters to vote for exactly that. Whilst people may vote for RON many will wish to see a candidate in the post. It will therefore be very likely that Natalie Simpson will take up the position unopposed. This has happened on a number of previous occassions in recent years, indicating a lack of interest in Union politics. Earlier this year candidate David Smyth was co-opted onto the Executive as the Mature Students' officer being the only person, with a pulse, to submit a nomination form.
Mr Hill suggested that there was some comfort for him in the fact that the position of Cultural Affairs did not hold voting rights on the Executive Committee, a rule which he sought to change during his term. He has however on this blog offered his help to Ms Simpson if she is successful in forfilling the role.
It is believed that another candidate from the DUA was on hand to contest this election, but did not stand as Mark Hill insisted on his intentions to seek re-election.
When a DUA representive was asked if this was mistake on their behalf they responded saying that it was up to Mark Hill to get his nomination form in on time.
The elections for the non-sabbactical posts will take place on Thursday 11th May and the winners will complete the 'new' Executive Committee due to take up their posts in July. For more info see the SU website.