A (not so) medical dissection of the 2018 SA Candidate manifestos

It’s that time of the year again. Where the mostly unassuming students here are bombarded with gifts (bribes) of free candy and pens, all so that the SA candidates can secure your vote. With all the vows and promises for change that are being tossed your way, it might feel almost overwhelming to actually sit down and vote for a candidate. So much so that most students would rather just… not vote. To help out, our writer at IGNITE, has decided to take the hit and provide a mini dissection of each candidate’s manifesto.

Refer here for the candidates’ respective manifestos.

 

SA PRESIDENT(S)


For this position, there are three candidates running:

  • Lamath Adnan
  • Am-Abdul Azeez
  • Presidiva Trump

Lamath Adnan

Lamath’s manifesto at first glance comes off as clean and organised, he has three different ideas and dedicates separate slides to each idea. His colour scheme is also very minimal and keeps it easy on the eyes, however the abundance of grey has a muting effect on the overall manifesto.

Lamath has promised three things to the students in exchange for their vote; a new idea polling mechanism, an inclusive SA campaign, and transparency in the SA. By explaining his ideas and their means of execution in bullet points, he manages to appeal to the majority of readers.

Moreover he adds visual aids to two of his ideas to provide a better stimulus. With the combination of bullet points with visuals, Lamath’s manifesto gives off an overall vibe of being well put together.

Am-Abdul Azeez

Like Lamath’s, Am-Abdul’s manifesto is also on the minimal side of things in terms of colour schemes. With an abundance of white space, the reader’s eyes naturally shift to the aims he has outlined. However, since everything is on one page, the manifesto does seem a bit too dense to get through. But, he too, has promised three things; social events for students, transport to and from IOI city mall and transparency in the SA.

Presidiva Trump

For the first time, possibly, in UNMC history, we have a troll candidate. Presidiva’s manifesto is extremely eye catching due to the bright colors used, the meme face of Trump and the picture of Obama floating in the corner. When it boils down to the manifesto itself, Presidiva promises “rights” for pretty much everyone on campus, but as to how and when these “rights” would be given or implemented is a mystery. Much like Presidiva’s identity.

 

SA VICE PRESIDENT(S)

This position has only one candidate running.

Khizer Munir

Khizer’s manifesto at initial glance seems rather generic, with the only pop of colour being a cool blue. Unlike all the previously listed candidates, Khizer has given the readers a brief introduction to himself, which adds a personal touch, however since he has not attached a picture of himself, much of that effect is lost as there is no “face” to match the description.

In his manifesto Khizer has four aims that he wants to accomplish outlined, that he has divided into subheadings.While it looks organised, it lacks information as he identifies and describes the problem but does not provide any explanation on the bridge between the problem and its solution.

 

HOME OFFICER(S)

This position currently has two contenders:


  • Lavanya Sara
  • Andy Tan Yong Qi

Lavanya Sara

Layanya’s manifesto is subtly colourful and very easy on the eyes with its soft watercolour pattern. The aims of the manifesto are very clear cut and easy to digest, however Lavanya’s manifesto does not give the reader any insight as to how any of these aims are going to be accomplished. Moreover this manifesto gives the reader no information as to who Lavanya is, which leaves the manifesto with an overall impersonal and distant tone.

Andy Tan Yong Qi

Andy’s manifesto manages to stand out from the rest by having an overall theme, “reformation”, which he tries to tie all his objectives to. The manifesto begins with a brief introduction of Andy’s previous experience with related duties before continuing on to the actual manifesto and its aims. His aims are organised in a numbered list where he proposes an idea/change and he fleshes the idea out with details on how its implementation will occur as well. Therefore while his manifesto does lack in visuals, it does make up for it in organisation.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT OFFICER(S)

This position has three contenders:


  • Samawiyah Ulde
  • Nate Fida’a Ahmad
  • Ahmed Misbah

Samawiyah Ulde

Samawiyah’s manifesto for ISO stands out from the rest with its eye-catching border of the colourful flags of different countries. The reader will also get a more personal tone from this manifesto as both a short biography and a picture are included at the beginning. Samawiyah’s manifesto has two main aims, where each aim has been fleshed out with precise details of execution. Unfortunately, in terms of readability, this manifesto falls short as there is simply too much information to be contained in a single page.

Nate Fida’a Ahmad

Taking a more minimal route, Nate’s manifesto is sparse with personal details and instead just simply lists out his ideas and changes he hopes to bring. Although the ideas seem good, since there are no descriptions nor details attached, combined with a lack of visuals, Nate’s manifesto just does not seem too enticing.

Ahmed Misbah

Ahmed’s manifesto gives off a ibe of being organised as it is split into two sections, Objectives and Activities. The manifesto is very easy to read and digest as all information is given in bullet points and just ample details are given. However the manifesto is quite impersonal as there is no description about Ahmed nor is there a picture of him attached.

 

SUSTAINABILITY OFFICER(S)

Currently there are two contenders for this position:


  • Ahmed Juman Rasheedh
  • Ajeet

Ahmed Juman Rasheedh

The manifesto at first glance is neatly split into three sections each regarding a different aspect of sustainability, where Ahmed provides ideas and details on how to implement them. The information provided is in a good balance between detailed and not too convoluted, however the manifesto could have stood to be more visually stimulating.

Ajeet

With its expanse of yellow, Ajeet’s manifesto is very bright and stimulating, however not much information is given to the reader to make a judgement.

 

ACTIVITIES OFFICER(S)

Currently there is only one candidate for this position:

Sara Siddiqi

Sara’s manifesto is has a list of aims and objectives that are quite original, however they are not given much detail. However a unique feature this manifesto has is that there are two sections that are not present in any other candidates’ manifestos. The first one being a section called “Opinions”, which can be seen as a subtle call to action for students to vote and the second being one called “Visions” which further persuades students into considering her. While the manifesto lacks visual aids and stimuli, it keeps on par with the more detailed manifestos presented due to the two extra sections.

 

SPORTS OFFICER(S)

Currently there is only one candidate for this position:

Mariyam Nadha Ibrahim

Mariyam’s manifesto reads very professionally, with her prior experience listed in the beginning, giving the reader some incentive to consider her for the position. Her next section highlights her aims and ideas and while they are original, they lack in detail and information provided. Her manifesto is wrapped up with a small paragraph on details as to why the reader should vote for her and thus acts as a call to action as well persuades the reader further to elect her.

So that’s our objective take on the current candidates running for the positions purely based on their manifestos. We know manifestos alone won’t tell us the entire story so we hope everyone who votes takes a critical approach, rather than casting your vote based on peer pressure and free candy.

 

Written by Fathima Shamra Mohamed Rifai

Views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the positions of IGNITE.

"Zeal without knowledge is fire without light." - Thomas Fuller, 17th century historian

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