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Females to dominate UWI Guild executive following elections

Published:Wednesday | March 18, 2015 | 9:41 PM
Davianne Tucker, takes up office as UWI Guild president later this year.

KINGSTON, Jamaica: The top-tier of the Guild of Students of the University of the West Indies, Mona will be dominated by females for the next administrative year.

In the results of today's leadership elections announced this evening, females were elected to the posts of president, vice presidents and treasurer.

Twenty-two-year-old Westwood High School old girl, Davianne Tucker, prevailed as president over 24-year-old Franz George, from the St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

The undergraduate student polled 1,964 votes to George’s 1,716.

Meanwhile, Lavern King and Shanice Allen were elected vice presidents and Shanique Austin, treasurer.

The election of a female-dominated executive coincides with calls for the University to address the issue of gender-based violence on the campus.

According to the records of the Guild of Students of the UWI, Mona since 1951, the body has had 64 presidents,  57 of whom were males and seven females.

There are no records to indicate the secretaries for the first two years of the Guild.

However, beside the 62 names of the presidents for the ensuing years, were the names of 49 females who were elected secretary.

Tucker told The Gleaner Online that her priority will be on making the Guild more "visible" and accountable to students.

"(I'm) Looking forward to working with the team for the upcoming year. From the looks of it, it's going to be an awesome tenure," she later tweeted.

The Electoral Office of Jamaica was in charge of this year's elections.

The polls closed at seven o'clock and the results were announced almost two hours later.

There were no reports of disruptions and returning officer and administrator, Athol Hamilton, commended the students.