18 March 1969
Guild Gazette today has the result of the Presidential elections for the 1969/70 session (the election addresses are posted here):
The voting turn-out in the presidential elections was the largest ever at this University. Almost 50 per cent of those on the electoral roll voted this year, compared with 38 percent last year.
D. Robertson- 633
No candidate having reached the requisite quota of 1,340 votes, Mr. P Brown was eliminated from the poll and his second preference votes counted.
G. Graham -755
A. Macmillan -1,233
D. Robertson -668
Mr. D. Robertson was then eliminated from the poll and his second preference votes counted.
G. Graham -1,103
A. Macmillan -1,397
In the election for Deputy President (a post yet to be defined and declared constitutional by Guild Council) a recount was necessary.
Miss R. Blackmore -1,248
Miss C. Farmer -1,274
The editorial in this issue of Guild Gazette includes this assessment of the significance of these elections, by editor Ian Dexter:
Probably the most interesting point about the election was the massive poll. The fifty per cent turnout was the highest-ever at Liverpool, and may well be the highest throughout the country in university presidential election.
Continually we are told that students at Liverpool University are apathetic and are incapable of democratic participation in any form. This election proves that when there is something of real importance afoot, people will make their feelings known. Similarly, almost three hundred attended the Guild Council Meeting last Monday evening, to put forward their views on Senate representation.
Gazette also has the results of the elections in the Politics Society:
Dave Jenkins, by a substantial majority, was elected President of the Politics Society, for the year 1969-70.
Mrs Iris Warburton was elected Secretary; John Earl as Treasurer; and Sue Rosinger as Guild Representative.