AUB's Student at Work celebrate the elections results at the campus in Beirut, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. (The Daily Star/Khalil Hassan)
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The March 14-affiliated Students at Work coalition emerged as winners Tuesday in the student government elections at the American University of Beirut, defeating their rivals by a narrow margin.Nizameddin thanked all the students and people involved for their contribution to the electoral process.This was apparent in 2014 – a year in which Parliament extended its term for the second time running – as student elections at St. Joseph University and Notre Dame University were suspended.One way in which these student elections may act as a crystal ball into national politics is that this year the Progressive Socialist Party ran with the March 14-aligned Students at Work coalition. The alliance helped Students at Work come away as the winners in the University Student Faculty Committee (the student government) by winning eight seats out of a total of 18 . Statistics released by student groups said that this year's voter turnout was the highest in AUB's history with over 70 percent of students participating in the voting process.Still, some students said the whole election process on campus was concerning for other reasons.Nizameddin said students with expired student IDs slowed down the process as the IT department had to find a way to resolve the issue, whereas in years past the monitors could wave a student through.
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