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VP for Education Candidate disqualified after misconduct investigation concludes

Updated: May 12, 2023

Votes cast for the remaining five candidates to be counted tomorrow, results expected Friday.


By Josh Pizzuto-Pomaco

Photo Credit: Josh Pizzuto-Pomaco

Nearly two months after polls closed in mid-March, AUSA has concluded an investigation into allegations of misconduct by a candidate in the VP for Education officer election.


‘Following receipt of several complaints relating to candidate conduct in the Student Officer Elections, the Students’ Union announces today that one candidate in the Vice President for Education election has been withdrawn from the election process,’ AUSA said in a statement released this afternoon.


Votes cast for the remaining five candidates will be counted on Thursday, 11 May, with results expected to be announced the next day.


While the statement does not specify which candidate was disqualified from the election, The Gaudie previously reported that a number of concerns relating to the conduct of the current VP for Education and her campaign team had been raised by students.


According to the statement, the offending candidate was in breach of Rule 5 of the election code, which states: ‘Any activity that is illegal or against byelaws and/or regulations of the University of Aberdeen or Students’ Union areas/buildings is deemed to be in breach of the election rules.’


The decision to disqualify the candidate was made after ‘a full investigation process’ that included an independent investigator. After an appeal by the candidate, the decision was upheld by the election’s external Returning Officer (from the National Union of Students).


The full statement can be read here:

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