SG Elections Spring 2017
On Thursday, Feb. 9, AUBG students casted their vote in the extraordinary Student Government elections. A total of 295 students voted, thus appointing a new vice-president alongside 12 out of 13 senate candidates.
Reflecting on the results, the following people have been elected.
Sotiraq Janollari – 56 votes – Class representative
Aleksandra Khakimova – 50 votes – Class representative
Simona Tarpova – 44 – Senator at large
Iliyana Georgieva – 41 votes – Senator at large
Georgi Leshkov – 38 votes – Senator at large
Avram Todorov – 29 votes – Senator at large
Vasilii Kulev – 164 votes – Class representative
Zhan Ilyov – 74 votes – Class representative
Carl Addoumieh – 129 votes – Class representative
Zhorzh Yordanov – 69 votes – Class representative
Nino Avreyski – 44 votes – Senator at large
Martin Todorov – 203 votes – Class representative
Georgi R. Georgiev – 209 votes
With only 28 votes, first-year candidate Kalin Banchev could not secure a place in the senate. However, in the event of a replacement, he will be the first to be considered for a prospective senator.
With the vice presidency seat vacated and an additional five senator seats renounced, the SG held the extraordinary elections at this unorthodox time of the year to formally appoint the new members to the SG.
“As there are seven remaining members, less than two thirds, in the Student Senate (due to both Erasmus exchange and voluntary resignation) and a current vacancy in the position of vice president (due to previous VP participating in the Erasmus Program), we would like to call for the Senate and Vice Presidential Elections in accordance with the Student Government Constitution, Articles 6A, 6 C, 6 J and Articles 8A, 8B,”stated the official SG email, received by the whole student body.
Prior to the elections, the Student Government organized debates on Wednesday, Feb. 8, in the Delchev Auditorium in BAC. Out of the 14 alleged candidates, five were absent to the event – the fourth-year senator-elect, Martin Todorov, the three third-year senator-elects, Carl Addoumieh, Zhorzh Yordanov, and Nino Avreyski, and first-year senator-elect, Aleksandra Khakimova.
In the course of the debates, the candidates reviewed ongoing issues within the AUBG community and presented their ideas for the future settling of the latter. Throughout the discussion, two main issues stood out – miscommunication and lack of transparency.
“It is up to us […] to raise awareness of what SG can and cannot do because this is a major issue. People don’t contact SG much because of that and this has to be fixed,” commented Kulev.
“I am trying for SG because I went to one of their meetings and I saw a lot of problems, lack of communication being one of them. This is not only a concern among students but also the faculty and staff as it became evident on the Town Hall Meeting. Also, apart from miscommunication people are most concerned with restructuring the university and transparency. Today at the Town Hall Meeting, even the president answered questions selectively and this shouldn’t be that way – all the questions has to be answered,” noted Todorov.
“To better the communication SG has to involve the students more,” said Janollari.
During the discussion the same topics were pointed out a number of times, however, no one clearly defined the necessary actions which need to be taken so that a resolve is reached. This led to a question raised by third-year student and former SG president, Marina Georgieva, which focused on the actual means of dealing with the problems.
“We have to hear and understand the students’ problems and then we have to find a common tongue with those responsible for those problems,” Janollari answered.