Bitter in-fighting in Nouse caused controversy following the conduct of “dodgy” annual elections.YUSU received multiple complaints from disgruntled students causing them to suspend website editing.
It has emerged that various members of the newspaper’s voting audience were not actually students, but ex-members of the Nouse team who had already left the University.
The breach was treated as a “reason for investigation,” by YUSU Student Activities Officer Rhianna Kinchin.
Further damming information was also brought to light this week, after an anonymous member of last year’s Nouse editorial team contacted Vision to express their fury about how the elections were handled.
Complaints slammed Nouse for an apparent lack of organisation and the failure to make notes of the elections. Kinchin admitted it was “not particularly professional.”
The paper was eventually saved when a YUSU investigation concluded that the non-student voters could not have influenced the elected outcomes of key position.
However Vision’s source from within Nouse suggested an opposing point of view, saying that schemes to ensure that only paid members voted “soon fell apart” and that “many people who voted were not eligible to do so.”
Kinchin’s advice for Nouse and all other ratified societies which will be running elections in the future is to “have minutes of all elections, and always use a secret ballot system for tightly contested positions.”