24 Aug SNIS Election Report
Elections are a way for people to choose their candidate or their preferences in a representative democracy or other form of government. Sharanya Narayani International School, one the best international schools in Bangalore, had its first ever student council elections for the academic year of 2022-23. For this election, students of grades 5,10,11 and 12 were permitted to run for selected positions to lead the students’ fraternity of this reputed IGCSE and IB school in Bangalore.
The announcement regarding the election was made on the first day of the school, the 25th of July; by the 27th of the same month, candidates were to submit their self-nominations; post that their interviews were to be held on the 1st and 2nd of August following which the final candidates were to set about their campaigns before the final voting on the 9th of August. Being one of the top boarding schools in Bangalore with its multi-cultural and truly international entity, school has prioritized the well-being of the students who are residing the campus with representative positions like Girls’ and Boys’ Boarding Captains.
From the nominations to the campaigning, the boundless moments filled with vivid experience as smooth sailing – for it had its ups and downs – one can say with certainty that it was quite the experience. With the biblical references to the school diary of this top international school in Bangalore has rightly mentioned, “Who are you voting for?” alliances were made and friendships broken (all in good sport), including but not limited to the candidates themselves!
The interviews were held on August 1st and 2nd to select final candidates for single positions, if you did not pass the interview, you were out of the running for the election. Needless to say, it had all the candidates on edge. When the results came out, only 24 of the people made it past the interviews. A small number for the number of people that walked into the interviews with high hopes.
The campaigns were undoubtedly the most intense part of the election process. Despite the fact that it was only officially done over the course of 2 days, there was a lot more happening behind the scenes and tensions were rising high and all competitions seemed evenly matched leaving one unable to predict the outcome.
The campaigns of the multiple candidates saw the diversity in ideas and level of creativity being dealt with. Needless to say, whoever won or lost, the student council would fare well at the end of the day.
Although it had its impediments and imperfections, that all elections do, and for a first one, we can indubitably mark in the history of SNIS, that the SNIS student council elections of 2022-23 were a great success!
Kuhu Jha of 10 IGCSE