VeSte has won the Student Council elections. The party backed by the three largest student associations got 7 of the 12 seats. The only opposition party, the Progressive Students Faction (PSF), got 5 votes. Rector Professor Martin Kropff announced the results on Tuesday 5 June.
During the election debate on 23 May, VeSte presented itself as the party prepared to compromise. Whether this still applies, now that the Executive Board has come up with the proposal to combine all four representative councils into one central council, is not clear. ‘Of course we are against the proposal,’ says VeSte representative Ricky van Lingen. Fellow member Mascha Rasenberg qualifies this: ‘The way it’s presented at the moment, we are against, but we are open to discussion.’ The candidates who just missed being elected still have to adjust to the disappointment. After a silence, Rishi Kukreja, the PSF number 6, comments: ‘I guess that’s democracy for you.’