Voter turnout for the recent Student Association election was higher than in previous years, with many students casting their ballots on the first day.
There were nine polling stations across the North Oshawa campus as well as at the learning sites in Pickering, Whitby and downtown Oshawa.
“The last day is usually supposed to be much slower,” said Shanice Valledor, a second year Business Commerce student working at a polling station. “It’s pretty busy now.”
In total, 2,006 students from Durham College and UOIT voted over the three-day period, which represents approximately 11 per cent of the entire full-time student body at all learning sites.
Last year, 1,797 students voted in total.
“I voted for Mina,” Valledor said. “He was the only one who approached me and told me his views.”
Mina Elseify was one of four candidates running for SA president.
Michael Lisinski, a UOIT Communications student, was at the North Oshawa campus on Thursday to cast his vote, although he attends school at the downtown Oshawa campus. He believes it’s important for all students to vote, and would “like to see more co-operation” among the individuals elected.
“I was really impressed with how positive the campaigns were,” Lisinski said, adding he thought it would be easy to get into a heated situation.
Domenika Zdravkovska, a first year General Arts and Science student at Durham College, didn’t see much campaigning from the hopeful candidates.
“I didn’t really know this was going on,” she said, adding that she only learned about it through a job posting for the polling stations.
Sydney Pashka, a first year General Arts and Science student at Durham College, cast her vote in the UA Atrium on the last day, but she said it’s only because she saw the posters as she walked to class.
Caroline Alman, a second year Business Commerce student at UOIT, thinks the voter turnout was better in the university area because it was busier than other areas of the school.
“A lot of people campaign at UA,” she said. “So many people are there.”
Zdravkovska thought it was important for all students to vote, adding it’s “better for the students to have a choice of who represents them.”