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Hurstpierpoint students hold their own mock general election

PUBLISHED: 10:28 31 March 2015 | UPDATED: 10:28 31 March 2015

Polling day

Polling day

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Senior School pupils participated in their own ‘mock’ general election over the past two weeks. Five prospective candidates took on the challenge of persuading their peers to vote for them and launched their campaigns at a school assembly.

The candidatesThe candidates

Supported by their campaign teams, the ‘candidates’ circulated posters, took part in a public debate, filmed party political broadcasts and used every available free moment in their busy school days to canvass for votes. Opinion polls were undertaken amongst the ‘electorate’ to gauge levels of support.

When election day dawned, a polling station was set up in the school library and pupils arrived to collect their ballot papers and cast their votes. Teacher Liam Agate acted as Returning Officer to see fair play and the results were announced on 25 March to the whole school.

A respectable turnout of 50.4% made the trip to the polls and Upper Sixth former Andrew Williams was declared the winner for the Conservatives with 40.2% of the vote, ahead of an impressive result of 27% of the vote for Year 10 pupil Dylan Wallis who represented the Liberal Democrats. Not far behind in third was Upper Sixth former Andrew Kirwan for the Green Party with just under 21% of the votes cast, followed by Fifth former Harrie Smith for UKIP and Upper Sixth former Holly Stritch for Labour who gained 6.6% and 3.3% of the vote respectively.

The pupils clearly enjoyed the campaign trail and have gained a good understanding of the UK democratic process in a fun way. Whether the results at Hurst are reflected in the real thing on 7th May remains to be seen!

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