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UWI elects former St Mary High student as guild president

Published:Thursday | March 20, 2014 | 9:55 AM

Twenty-two-year-old Lerone Laing was last night elected president of the Guild of Students for the University of the West Indies, Mona, 2014-2015.

Laing, a first year postgraduate economics student, recorded 1,382 votes to beat back the challenge of outgoing vice-president Gareth Robotham who polled 1,358 in the continuing trend of low voter turnout in the annual elections.

This year, the Electoral Office of Jamaica, which conducts the elections annually, introduced the electronic voting tabulators which were expected to reduce the time between the close of polls and announcement of results.

Last night, polls closed at 7 o’clock but results were announced more than two hours later.

The president-elect, a past student of St Mary High, says up to three years ago, he did not see himself rising to the position but through encouragement from family and his hall, Chancellor, he took on the challenge.

He says tertiary education financing, building stronger advocacy for students, and integrity are issues that will receive focus during his tenure.

He also notes that given the role of the university in Jamaica’s development, the Guild of Students must not only comment on issues of national importance but work with stakeholders to develop solutions.

Laing will take over the presidency from Terron Dewar, on June 1.


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