This week students sponsored and ran two fair and free elections for the first KAUST student council. The five of us who were involved in the planning were really, really busy!
On Saturday, eleven students were elected to the student council, one from each academic major. The speeches were good, and some races were quite close! I was impressed with the quality of every candidate I saw run.
Men and women from all different nationalities came to submit their votes.
Voter turnout was phenomenal - almost sixty percent of the students came to vote! Some of the students come from countries where they have never had an opportunity to vote, and some come from countries where the people are disillusioned with the voting process. An Italian told me that this was the first election he had participated in because he felt that it would be fair and his vote really would matter!
I've never seen so many people so happy to be voting... do we not take the privilage seriously enough in the USA anymore?
We got several compliments about how professional the job was; I am glad that everything ran so smoothly.
Opening the ballot box after elections are over.
Counting 223 votes for 36 different candidates completely accurately was no small feat.
We were really excited to finish, well done guys!
The final makeup of KAUST's first student council is as diverse as the student population itself. One is from Europe, two are from China, three are from the USA, four are from Mexico, and the other twelve come from many different countries in the Middle East and North Africa.
I think we made history yesterday.
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