Photo by David Vassiliev / The Phoenix News
Photo by David Vassiliev / The Phoenix News

On Friday, Terry Zhang was unofficially announced to UBCO’s Board of Governors position by UBC’s Christopher Eaton. The official results will be certified by UBC on Monday morning once the returning officer has fulfilled his due diligences.

The re-election for BoG commenced on Monday and students had until Friday to cast their votes online through their UBC SSC.

According to Christopher Eaton, Terry Zhang won with 202 votes, followed by Nishat Tasnim in second place with 86 votes and Amarat Sandhu in third place with 41.

Although UBCO has finally concluded its re-election for the Board of Governors position, the university is still awaiting to find out whether a re-election for the Okanagan Senate will be necessary.

Two weeks ago, it appeared that months without student representation on the senate was finally coming to an end. UBC had attempted to contact the 13 candidates who had run in the initial Senate election to inquire into whether they were interested in running the re- election. In total, it has been reported by the UBCSUO’s VP Internal Amy Park that 4 of these students stated their interest in re-running, 5 stated they wanted to drop, and four had failed to respond. Those who did not reply were dropped from the race for lack of interest.

Consequentially, because a re- election would only be necessary if more than six students were intent on running for the position, UBC emailed the four students who had declared their interest and informed them that they were to be appointed to the Senate.

However, according to Park, it quickly emerged that a couple of the candidates who failed to respond reported that they hadn’t been receiving UBC’s emails. In light of this, UBC retracted its decision to appoint the 4 candidates and informed them they had to wait to hear back from the candidates who hadn’t been receiving emails.

According to Park, “If a total of 6 or less choose to stand, these candidates will be appointed their positions, and if more than 7 choose to run, there will be a re-election which will be carried out via an online voting process. As of now, candidate interest is leaning towards an appointment process, but only time will tell,”

For everyone involved, this process of attempting to get student representation on the BoG and Senate has been long and grueling. And consequentially, it is no surprise that candidates are pleased to see the process coming to an end.

“I am extremely happy to see that the ball has finally gotten rolling on this process and that at the very least BoG has started their re-election,” said Park.

When the Senate appointments or re-elections have finally concluded, it will mark the end of a long and messy process which dates back to the 2016 UBCSUO elections.