University of South Wales Students' Union

By-Elections 2021

Between the 6th and 8th December, you have had the opportunity to vote on who represents you as the Students’ Union’s Welfare Officer and Activity Officer. You also had the opportunity to vote on the new name of the SU Pub.

How did the voting work?

We operate a Single Transferable voting system. This system, also known as STV, requires voters to rank the candidates in order of preference.

Under STV, votes are initially allocated to the voters most preferred candidate and, as the count proceeds and candidates are either elected or eliminated, votes are transferred to other candidates according to the voters' stated preferences.

Each round the votes needed to be elected will fluctuate depending on how many students voted 2nd / 3rd preference etc. Re-Open Nominations (RON) was included alongside the Activities and Welfare officer position, so if students were unsatisfied with the candidates on offer they could vote for the position to go back to the nomination stage.

Activities Officer Results

VP Activities | Aliah Orr

First Round

411 votes were cast. The quota for election was 270.

Candidate Name
Aliah
Christoph
R.O.N
1st Count
211
176
24


Aliah exceeded the quota on the first count and is duly elected as the activities officer for 2021/22.

Welfare Officer Results

VP Welfare | Freddie Stovold

First Round

478 votes were cast. The quota for election was 240.

Candidate Name
Freddie
Ellis
Athena
Rhydian
Keaton
R.O.N
1st Count
134
101
99
79
47
18


No candidates reached the quota, at this point both RON and Keaton are removed from the count and their voter's preferences are redistributed.

Second Round

Quota needed to reach: 223
Non-transferable votes from previous round: 15

Candidate Name
Freddie
Athena
Ellis
Rhydian
Transferred Vote
1
19
2
10
2nd Count
135
118
103
89


No candidates reached the quota, at this point Rhydian in last place is removed from the count and their voter's preferences are redistributed.

Third Round

Quota needed to reach : 194
Non-transferrable votes from previous round : 33

Candidate Name
Freddie
Athena
Ellis
Transferred Vote
11
14
5
3rd Count
140
132
114


No candidates reached the quota, at this point Ellis in last place is removed from the count and their voter's preferences are redistributed.

Fourth Round

Quota needed to be reached: 157
Non-transferrable votes from the previous round: 166

Candidate Name
Freddie
Athena
Transferred Vote
17
23
4th Count
163
149


At this point Freddie has exceeded the quota and is duly elected as the Welfare officer for 2021/22.

Renaming The Randy Dragon

Results

Thank you to everyone who voted for the new name of Randy Dragon.
Total Votes: 434 | Quota needed to reach : 218

Potential Name
Mo's
The First Draft
Y Wlad
1st Count
210
126
98


As no more transfers were possible, Mo’s with the highest number of votes is the winner. Mo’s will become the new name of the Randy Dragon in the coming academic year.