Sources close to InsiterOnline have revealed that KSU Culture and Entertainment Officer Gayle Lynn Callus and Law Students’ Association President Clive Gerada are most likely to feature as presidential candidates during this year’s KSU campaign.
With the Annual Students’ Fest production due to be held next week, incumbent organisation SDM is expected to ride on the feel-good vibe created by the event to launch their campaign, as it has done in previous years. The council is expected call its AGM during the coming weeks, launching campus into a week of political campaigning by rivalling organisations SDM and Pulse.
Christian Democrat Students SDM are expected to keep to their tried and tested winning formula when it comes to selecting candidates, with a mix of incumbent KSU members and SDM stalwarts who hold posts on the boards of other organisations – possibly involving fresh faces which have featured in KSU events throughout the year.Incumbent Culture and Entertainment Officer Gayle Lynn Callus, also known as ‘Il-Muqqu’, has been tipped to lead this year’s SDM team – Callus brings with him the experience of having already formed part of the council as well as strong history with the organisation. Fellow incumbent KSU executive Becky Camilleri, who currently serves as Vice-President, is also expected to feature in the SDM team as KSU veterans.
Both Callus and Camilleri would serve as a validation of the work this year’s council, as well as a guarantee for next year’s council – a feature which plays as SDM’s major selling-point to those who are supportive of the council. Such candidates allow SDM to focus on validating KSU’s work with students, rather than focus on manifestos which proved to be strikingly similar last year.
Anonymous sources have also tipped a mix of executive members from other organisations to contest for SDM; Law student Steph Dalli, currently activities officer for TDM2000 Malta – a new-found collaborator in this year’s KSU events; Kenneth Terrible, currently president of the engineering students’ association; Mark Grech, a student representative at the faculty of health and ex-MHSA executive member; and Andrew Borg Wirth, ex-vice president for the architecture students’ association.While offering a healthy mix of candidates who are in leadership positions at several faculties, the rumoured candidates come as no surprise given that many of them have previously campaigned in favour of an SDM council. According to other anonymous sources, Social Democrat Students Pulse will be looking towards close ties formed during last summer’s campaign lamenting the introduction of ‘Legal Studies’ at intermediate level to bring together a team for this year’s KSU campaign. Law students’ Association [GhsL] President Clive Gerada is rumoured to feature as the challenging presidential candidate, alongside law students’ representative Paul Caruana Turner who as also been active within the University’s LGBT community as well as the National Youth Council.
Gerada brings with him a strong reputation when it comes to policy, Ghsl having presented several policy documents related to reform within the field – a characteristic which is not foreign to previous Pulse campaigns.
Caruana Turner’s colleagues at WeAre [LGBT Students' Association] and the National Youth Council, Romina Tolu [ WeAre President] and Cleaven Portelli [ KNZ Events Officer] have also been rumoured to form part of Pulse’s team of candidates, alongside Youth For The Enviornment Activites Coordinator Julia Farrugia. Portelli also serves as an executive board member with the Health Students’ Association, posing as a potential opposition for the would-be SDM candidate Mark Grech.
Following the morning’s article, several other rumours have been coming in. MMSA President Robert Cachia and Pulse (pictured below) veteran Kyle Civelli are also expected to be nominated as candidates by Pulse.