Student vote always low during HSF elections

by | Mar 9, 2016 | Campus News

Jess Reyes

Online Editor

Humber doesn’t take the Presidential elections seriously.

Humber Students’ Federation statistics show that the voting turnout for HSF President elections has been on a steady decline.

The numbers indicate that just over 13 percent of the student body participated in the school event last year.

Humber has nearly 30,000 full- -time students and some 22,000 part-time students in attendance with just over half of the students last year considered eligible voters.

To be an eligible voter, students must be enrolled for a full-time course load prior to voting day.

Part-time students cannot participate in the HSF elections, which is a big factor in the results of the polling. If part-time students were allowed to vote the number of participants would be greater, although student voting has not reached even 20 per cent within memory.

While some students want to run for President and make a change with a specific platform, politics have not always been a big interest for all students on campus.

Jamie Morrison, first year Interior Decoration student, says the students on campus are just not interested in being involved during election time.

“We’re just here to learn. Politics and the student body do want to make it a better place but they really don’t have much of a say,” Morrison said.

Megan Strathearn, first year Early Education student says the elections are during the middle of the year when exam preparation begins and elections do not become a priority.

“I just don’t think people think about it as real politics. I don’t think people actually take it seriously,” she said.

The turn out for the All Candidates meeting at the North campus on Tuesday was also very low, but current president of HSF, Ahmed Tahir says with confidence that he is hopeful for the final ballot outcome.

Tahir agrees it was definitely a low outcome. As current HSF President it is his duty to advocate on students rights.

“I really feel like students are apathetic because they don’t feel like it makes a difference and we need to prove to them that it does,” Tahir said.

The student elections will continue to run from March 7 through the 11th with two candidates racing for the presidency and a number of others running for several vice-presidential roles at North and Lakeshore campuses.