April 12, 2011
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Election at University of Kurdistan- Hawler - By Sazan M. Mandalawi

The University of Kurdistan- Hawler (UKH),
held its fourth consecutive Student Union
election on Sunday, informed the
university's Vice Chancellor.

The elections are the first of its kind in a
public university in the Kurdistan Region
where the Student Union body are
independent, without any affiliation or
support to political parties.

"After weeks of campaigning and a heated open debate among the candidates with the presence of the students, the elections yesterday are a demonstration
of the democratic culture that exists in the university. I believe this process is an example that needs to be a role model," Stated Professor Sirwan Baban.

Shko Nawroly, previous President of the Student Union who handed down his position to the new presidency said, "The annual elections allows students to freely nominate themselves  for either the President or six heads of departments that include  women's affairs, public relations, social affairs, entertainment, sports, and education."

Over a hundred students attended the process of counting votes which took place at the main auditorium at UKH.  The tight competition between several candidates created a unique and healthy exciting environment.  In the end, head of the election committee announced the names of the winning candidates which was followed by a unique symbolic ceremony of handing over power from the previous student union to the newly elected members.

All the Student Unions across the region are associated and funded by different political parties, UKH is an exception. 

Established in 2006, UKH is the first public English teaching university in the Kurdistan Region. The university is independent, funded by the Kurdistan Regional government and is based on the British university teaching system.

The first group of its students graduated in 2010. 


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