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May 24, 2010

Democracy At Bethlehem University

Bethlehem University Holds Students Senate Election Day

DemocracyEvery year, students at Bethlehem University head to the elections booths to select their representatives at the Students Senate. On Wednesday, the 12th of May, 65 percent of the students eligible to vote casted their votes to select the best candidates for the Student Senate. Thursday, 11th of May, one day before the election day, was dedicated for campaigning and debating. The two competing blocks spread posters, flags and handouts to attract the votes of their fellow students.

“Election Day is a sign of democracy here at the University,” one student said, “through the elections students are free to choose their representatives at the Senate,’ he added, “it is a way to practice our rights,” he explained.

DemocracyAlthough not all students waited on campus for the result, 65 percent of students made sure not to leave the campus before casting their votes. When the polls closed at 4.30 pm, students and faculty eagerly awaited for the results of the election, while the committee was counting the votes.  Finally at 6:30 pm election results were announced with Al-Quds and AL-Awda group winning a clear majority of 19 seats, while WATAN coalition won 12 seats.

For years, the Student Senate has been an essential part of Bethlehem University 's ambition to provide for its students an environment characterized by pluralism, openness and respect. It acts as a representing organ for the students coming together from various social and religious backgrounds, from cities, villages and refugee camps. It further aims to foster concern for the University and interest in academic affairs among the student body, to enhance the students´ sense of responsibility and leadership and to promote good relations among students and between students, staff and the University Administration.

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