The moment Daisy Eyre is declared the next CUSU presidentMillie Brierley/Varsity

Daisy Eyre has been elected CUSU president, ahead of Jack Drury and Keir Murison.

Eyre, whose victory was predicted by Varsity’s opinion poll, received 2,746 votes in the second round run-off, comfortably ahead of Drury’s 1,634. Murison was eliminated in the first round, receiving 900 first-preference votes.

In the other contested election Umang Khandelwal won re-election to the position of University Councillor, beating Josh Jackson by just 69 votes.

Turnout was 4,967, or 22.5 per cent, almost seven points higher than last year.

The constitutional reforms put to referendum alongside the elections passed handily by more than 1,500 votes.

This year’s election season was unusually fiery, as candidates clashed over their differing views on the future direction of CUSU, with representation, accountability, and transparency all featuring prominently in the campaigns for President and University Councillor.

Daisy Eyre and Joshua Jackson were both called in to disciplinary meetings with the CUSU Elections Committee over breaches of election rules. Eyre received a controversial nine-hour campaigning ban, while Jackson received a warning for “unacceptably aggressive” campaigning.

All other positions elected in this cycle were uncontested, and unsurprisingly there were comfortable wins for Martha Krish as Education Officer, Olivia Hylton-Pennant as Access and Funding Officer, Micha Frazer-Carroll as Welfare and Rights Officer, Lola Olufemi as Women’s Officer, and Florence Oulds as Disabled Students’ Officer.

Despite the Elections Committee's decision to relax many of the rules of the contest, nonetheless 53 complaints were made against candidates over the course of the campaign. At times, according to the Committee, one complaint was being made every ten minutes.

By-elections will be held at a later date for the positions of Graduate Union (GU) President, and Ethical Affairs Officers, as these roles received no nominations this term.

The new holders of the sabbatical positions will begin work in July, until which time the current officers are still in place

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