Over 1,300 students have voted on the first day of the Trinity College Dublin Students’ Union (TCDSU) sabbatical officer elections. The Chair of the Electoral Commission, Stephen Sheil, made the announcement in an email statement this evening.
The number is down from 1,693 on the first full day of voting last year, where there were twelve candidates and two uncontested races.
Speaking to Trinity News, Sheil said: “[I’m] happy enough so far. Hopefully we can push on and engage with as many students as possible over the next two days.”
Voting began last night in Trinity Hall after the hustings, with voting opening in the Arts Building, the Hamilton, TBSI and Tallaght Hospital today. Voting will open in D’Olier Street and St. James’s Hospital on Wednesday, with the result announced on Thursday night.
Last year’s total voter turnout amounted to 3,768, a 20% increase on the year before. This was largely due to the controversy surrounding sexual harassment allegations against Presidential candidate, Sean Ryan.