Election Day at LUMS - Students Compete to Become University Decision-makers

Thursday, May 2, 2019

It was another beautiful morning in LUMS and the air was ripe with feelings of anticipation, high hopes and fierce competition as it was yet another Election Day at LUMS.

Polling started early in the morning, and soon there were long queues of students waiting for their turn to cast their vote in favour of their desired leadership. Elections 2019, conducted by the Student Council under the supervision of the Office of Student Affairs (OSA), saw the highest turnout ever. The waiting was tiring for the voters, but it was more of a challenge for the candidates, every passing hour taking them closer to their dreams. Eloquent manifestos, inspired speeches, hectic pitches, some politics and a lot of heart went into each candidate’s campaign and it was Election Day that was going to determine what it all was worth. Throughout the day, candidates stayed around the polling station with their supporters chanting slogans to boost their morale. With the final vote cast in the evening, voting was officially closed, and half of the campus had inked thumbs.

Without any delay, the Student Council, under the supervision of Dean OSA Dr. Adnan Khan and Head of Department Co-Curricular Activities Hiba Iqbal Zakai, led the counting. The representatives of the candidates were allowed to observe the counting through glass windows. The entire counting process was hectic for the council but nerve-wracking for the candidates. Rumours and early news updates were exciting to some people and depressing to others. Finally, after a four-hour long counting procedure, the results were in.

The entire student body gathered around the Pepsi Dining Centre to hear the results that the student council announced from the top of the centre. Talha Bin Ejaz and Muhammad Anas Shahzad from Suleman Dawood School of Business won the election to become President and Vice President respectively. Abdullah Haroon from Mushtaq Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences also gained the most votes to become General Secretary. The roars and chants could be heard miles away and the energy was palpable. The winners were ecstatic and the contenders who didn't make the cut were heartbroken, but all in all it was an excting day with a roller coaster of emotions on display. We congratulate the winners on their victory and hope the work they do in office makes the student body proud.