MAASTRICHT. With 29 seats, Dope has come out as the largest student party at Maastricht University, just like last year. Competitor NovUM, who were the most powerful in 2014 but dropped back last year, has lost even more ground and now only has twelve seats. The new Wise party obtained three seats.
The election results were made known last Friday. With six seats (all) at the Faculty of Humanities and Sciences, eight (out of nine) at Health Medicine and Life Sciences, and four (out of five) at the School of Business and Economics, Dope is the party that is in control there. It only has to share the power in the University Council, where four seats go to NovUM and five to Dope. Newcomer Wise immediately got three seats (out of five) at Psychology and Neurosciences.
Turnout for the University Council elections was disappointing again. The number of students who took the trouble to vote dropped from 25 to 20 per cent. Turnout for the faculty councils for Arts and Social Sciences and for FHML also dropped. The figures were practically stable at Law, while FPN showed a slight increase.
Considerably larger was the turnout for the employees’ councils of ICTS and Facility Services (FS): 60 and 80 per cent, respectively. At FS, voters had a choice from no fewer than five lists. Both the strong increase in the number of lists and the large turnout were probably due to the recent unrest surrounding the re-organisation of the receptions, which has also contributed to director Erik Klekamp’s departure and the appointment of an external advisor.
For the Employees’ Council of the MU Central Office, MUO, there were candidates again for the first time in years. Elections were not necessary, because the number of candidates for the MUO Employees’ Council equalled the number of seats, as was the case with the University Library, Student Services and Finance.
The new councils will start work after the summer.