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We find out who will be leading the Students’ Union next year

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Hana Jafar 8th March 20189:04 PM

The staff and candidates come on stage for a picture to end the evening

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With 1,924 votes, Fatima Abid is elected as General Secretary of UoM Students’ Union for the year 2018/2019!

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With 5,083 votes, the position of General Secretary will be announced

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“Thank you Manchester for re-electing me as your first International Students’ Officer. It’s such a pleasure leaving office as your diversity officer and getting elected into a brand new position. You can’t get rid of Riddi!” Riddi says, promising to make her peers and friends proud

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With 1,640 votes, Riddi Viswanathan wins the position of International Students’ Officer!

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Riddi Viswanathan leads every round, with 1,535 votes in the penultimate round

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With 3,826 votes for the next position, International Students Officer will be announced

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Emma talks about the creative assortment of polling stations including table tennis, games, and a vintage clothing fair.

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Emma tells the audience that 500 hours of voluntary staff hours have been given to the elections

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“The elections wouldn’t happen without all the staff at the Students’ Union” says Alex, thanking staff for making it “fun and fair”

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“I just want to thank all the girls who got me through this.. I also want to thank my best mate.. all through my campaigning at uni he’s been there” says an overwhelmed Lizzy, beaming as she accepts her bouquet

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In round 5, Lizzy Haughton leads the votes and wins by only twenty votes against her competitor Anthony ‘Ant’ Mendez

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with 4,107 votes cast, the position of Activities and Development Officer will be announced next

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“This has literally been the best year of my life” Sara says, thanking her friends including those who came down from London to campaign for her

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With no competition, Sara Heddi leads every round with 2,236 votes and is elected Women’s Officer for her second term in office!

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With 4,132 votes cast, the position of Women’s Officer will be announced next.

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Sara Khan has won her position with 1,497 votes

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“Where do I even begin to describe how much this role means to me? Students who have been marginalised for too long, LGBT+ students, BME students are going to have the representation they deserve. I am so excited to be able to do more for these students!” says an elated, and slightly drunk Sara Khan, just back from an NUS conference

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Sara Khan leads the vote in every round, winning the position of Liberation and Access Officer!

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With 3,166 votes cast, Liberation and Access Officer will be announced next

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A teary Deej tells the audience “This has been an incredibly tough year for me personally”

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With Deej Malik-Johnson leading every round, he has won the position of Welfare Officer!

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2,995 votes were cast for Welfare Officer, with nobody reaching the quota in rounds one and two

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Olivia thanks her friends for handling her mini breakdowns, accepting her bouquet happily

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With 1,629 votes, Olivia Miesl has been elected UoM SU’s Education Officer!

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For education officer, 3,498 votes were cast with Olivia Miesl leading in round one, two, and three

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“I just want to thank my family, ISoc, and my best friend Alicya!” – Shamima

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and with 2,344 votes, Shamima Khonat wins Campaigns, Community and Citizenship officer!

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The quota for this role is 2,578 votes – nobody matched the quota in round one. Several people were eliminated, with Shamima Khonat leading in round two

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5,0157 votes were cast for this position.

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The first announcement will be for Campaigns, Community and Citizenship

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Olivia Miesl, candidate for Education Officer tells us how her campaign has been going: “I’ve loved being able to get to know such a wide spectrum of students.. it’s been tiring but rewarding.”

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Rachel Green tells us how she feels: “I’m glad I took part in the campaign, I’m really grateful to everyone who voted for me and obviously it was very tiring but I think raising awareness of the issues I mention – tackling homelessness is important regardless of whether I win and some people took on board what I was campaigning for”

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Ant, candidate for Activities and Development tells us how he’s feeling tonight: “I feel like the campaign has gone exceptionally well in terms of how convicted and passionate me and Huda Ammori were. I also feel that no matter if we win or if we don’t win, we gave it our and the odds were against us. We did The University of Manchester proud”

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With a delay in the final results being announced, candidates and their supporters wait with bated breath

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The ‘Miss Congeniality’ award goes to Adam Rogers for being a positive force during the elections

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Betsie wins the award for best campaigner

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With 8,038 votes, The University of Manchester has the highest number of student voters in the country

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Most creative campaign has been awarded to Lizzy Houghton, ‘Busy Lizzy’

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The award for best video goes to Molly Stedman

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The award for best slogan goes to Karla Lopez for her slogan ‘MexiCan, MexiWill!’