MAASTRICHT. Last year Dope forfeited six seats, but was still the most powerful student political party at Maastricht University. Now, it will have to share power with NovUM: both parties won a total of 22 seats in the various councils in the latest election. The results were announced in the Kruithuis this afternoon amid boisterous cheering.
Dope now rules the roost only in the council of the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience, where it holds all five seats. As in 2012 and 2013, no elections were held for these seats as the number of candidates equalled the number of available seats. Dope also retained a small majority in the council of the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences (five to four). However, NovUM has taken the lead in the council of the School of Business and Economics (three to two) and in the University Council (five to four).
Vox won one seat, in the council of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. The remaining four seats in this council went to NovUM.
As in previous years, voter turnout was not high, ranging from 26 percent at FASoS, SBE and the University Council to 40 percent at the Faculty of Humanities and Sciences.