The Union said the investigation may take 'several days'Tobia Nava

The release of results for the Cambridge Union election, that will decide positions for Lent 2024, has been delayed amid reports of irregularities.

Results were originally supposed to be published on Friday evening (16/06) after polls closed. The Union released a statement that confirmed the publication of results will be delayed as a “potential irregularity in the electoral process has come to light”.

The statement continued: “As such, until a full investigation has been completed, the count will be paused. Updates will be given when we have them, but please be aware this may take several days”.

On Thursday (15/06), Varsity reported that an electoral complaint had been made against Union Michaelmas president Max Ghose. The complaint claimed that Ghose had provided his own campaign account from last term to one of the presidential candidates running in the current election.

The complaint argued that Ghose handed the candidate “a clear unfair advantage” in the election by “allowing” his campaign account with existing followers “to be utilised as an electoral tool”.

Ghose is also serving as Returning Officer in the current election — which means he is responsible for overseeing the election and enforcing electoral rules. The complaint claimed that handing over his campaign account showed a “blatant” conflict of interest.


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This term’s presidential race is between two candidates - Ellie Breeze and Nick Davis — who have both previously been on the committee of the University’s Conservative and Labour societies respectively.

Last term’s election was also hit with accusations of electoral impropriety, as a Union panel investigated claims of ballot tampering. The investigation found that the appointment process of last term’s Returning Officers was “procedurally irregular”.

Updates on the Union election will continue throughout the week.