A mass by-election is being held after more than a third of
Otago University Students' Association executive resigned
within a month.
President Ruby Sycamore-Smith said the string of four
resignations was ''certainly not'' a sign the executive was
Two of the executive members, finance officer Nick Tenci and
colleges officer Brydie Ockwell, resigned because they were
International students officer Kamil Saifuddin and welfare
officer Nali Lee had resigned because of workload issues.
''It's certainly disappointing, but the students are busy and
two leaving to go overseas, it can't be avoided.''
Students standing in the by-election needed to know what they
were getting into.
''Some students have come into the roles without fully
realising the commitments and being unable to sacrifice their
study for the position.''
The resignations would not make it harder for the executive
to do its job.
''The executive have got a firm understanding of their role,
and so have I.
''It also enables more people to be a part of the executive,
make a difference and get some incredible experience.''
The by-election is being held from July 15 until 4pm on July
Nominations for the by-election will be open from July 8 to