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Post  Peecekeeper on Wed Sep 23, 2009 10:27 pm

I have student body elections coming up in my school and i ask for assistance, any tips? Since this is a political forum, i thought i could use get some help here, like advice or guidance? Anybody?
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Post  Lower Land on Thu Sep 24, 2009 7:20 am

Ok. Here's what you need to do. First, ask the class as a retorical question, why are my opponets here today? They are here telling you what they want for the class. Then say, you know what my response is, who cares. (you could add a "I know I don't" if you want. Tell them that the only thing that they should care about is what they want and that the only thing that you will promise is that you will never as president fight for what you want instead fight every single day for what the people want.

Oh and another thing. Never promise anything. Explaination to come later. I'm busy at the moment

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Post  Peecekeeper on Thu Sep 24, 2009 7:32 am

good idea, Keep on coming, at the end ill tell you if i won...
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Post  Otiunos on Thu Sep 24, 2009 1:06 pm

Here's my insanely negative tip: if you win, don't expect too much. I don't know what it's like in America, but here in England I'm a member of youth parliment, and all that means is that I get taxied to a few places to talk with other members of youth parliment about stuff. I have all the power of a regular youth.
I've seen the same happen in class representative types.

Although I would say that if you ever try to be funny then do it very casually. If you tell a joke that's not funny people won't like you, but if you say something funny that's slipped in so casually you only notice it if you get it - that'll get you vote's. Worked for me, and I was voted in by 16,000 people.
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Post  Lower Land on Thu Sep 24, 2009 3:07 pm

Lower Land wrote:Ok. Here's what you need to do. First, ask the class as a retorical question, why are my opponets here today? They are here telling you what they want for the class. Then say, you know what my response is, who cares. (you could add a "I know I don't" if you want. Tell them that the only thing that they should care about is what they want and that the only thing that you will promise is that you will never as president fight for what you want instead fight every single day for what the people want.

Oh and another thing. Never promise anything. Explaination to come later. I'm busy at the moment

Alright. Now for the explination on promising. You should only ever promise 1 thing and that is to fight for what the people want. This is because if you promise something and that sways voters to you, if you were to become President and for any reason fall back on said promise, you will loose support and eventually become very unpopular, and possibly (Dont know how your school works) be impeached. But, the promise you make about fighting for what they want is perfect because they will feel like they have a stronger voice if what they say goes directly to Government meetings. You'll get votes and please the public easily as President.

Another tip. You most likely have a day to give a big speech to the whole class or a big debate or what ever (again, dont know how your school works) but thats not the only opportunity you have to personally campaign to the public. Between classes, during lunch, during reccess (if you have it), during dismissal, randomly in the hall are all great ways to talk to the people and see what they want in a President. Tell them some of your plans, ask them if they are undecided. If they say yes, then try to get them on your side. This works because you get to talk to voters on a personal level unlike a big speech where you aer talking to a big class and cannot invididualy address people.

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Post  Meadowdale on Thu Sep 24, 2009 5:03 pm

You're in what, junior high? Promise stupid shit to get votes. I.e new sports, awesome dances, looser cell phone/dress code rules, and free homework passes or something like that. Just think along those lines. Elections aren't legitimate at that level.

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Post  Peecekeeper on Thu Sep 24, 2009 10:01 pm

Otiunos wrote:Here's my insanely negative tip: if you win, don't expect too much. I don't know what it's like in America, but here in England I'm a member of youth parliment, and all that means is that I get taxied to a few places to talk with other members of youth parliment about stuff. I have all the power of a regular youth.
I've seen the same happen in class representative types.

Although I would say that if you ever try to be funny then do it very casually. If you tell a joke that's not funny people won't like you, but if you say something funny that's slipped in so casually you only notice it if you get it - that'll get you vote's. Worked for me, and I was voted in by 16,000 people.

Im canadian, i think it different here, and we call i prime minister here instead of president. Btw, 16000 people!?!!? your school has 16000 people!?!?!?!?!!?
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Post  Meadowdale on Fri Sep 25, 2009 6:28 am

Young Parliaments probably similar to a Model UN or Future Problem Solving Committee in the US or Canada Peacekeeper. It's actually like a legitimate program talking about internal/international issues, as would actual parliament. It's a simulation of British government. If I'm not mistaken that is?

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Post  Otiunos on Fri Sep 25, 2009 1:42 pm

It's meant to be, yeah. But it's so, so not.
Youth Parliment is a big publicity stunt that makes the government and some kids look really good, but doesn't actually do much.
And the vote was county wide - a rahter small percentage voted.
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Post  Peecekeeper on Sat Sep 26, 2009 3:30 pm

Otiunos wrote:It's meant to be, yeah. But it's so, so not.
Youth Parliment is a big publicity stunt that makes the government and some kids look really good, but doesn't actually do much.
And the vote was county wide - a rahter small percentage voted.
So the school wasnt filled with 16000 people?
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Post  Otiunos on Sun Sep 27, 2009 4:06 pm

No, no it most certainly was not. I think we have around 1,200 pupils. 16,000 would be mental.
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Post  Fonzirelli on Sun Sep 27, 2009 7:58 pm

Yay model UN!!

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Post  Lower Land on Sun Sep 27, 2009 10:18 pm

Oh we are dong that in my World History class.

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Post  Fonzirelli on Mon Sep 28, 2009 5:42 pm

It's all about the AP European History bro!

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Post  Batiska on Mon Sep 28, 2009 9:32 pm

Very interesting.
But you know, during this time I don't you see on the regional assembly at all. High school concerns maybe must be a region concern?

Your discussion will be a part of my questions to myself.
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Post  Peecekeeper on Fri Oct 02, 2009 10:47 pm

Its my bday today (yay!!), the elections havent been up yet but im campaigning like theres no tommorow, Btw Im getting lots of support, thnx everyone who contributed, ill tell you when i win
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Post  Fonzirelli on Mon Oct 05, 2009 9:00 pm

Happ bday. It is my bday today, the 5th

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Post  Peecekeeper on Wed Oct 07, 2009 8:17 pm

Fonzirelli wrote:Happ bday. It is my bday today, the 5th
happy bday! my elections are next week, i can't wait for it!
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Post  Peecekeeper on Fri Oct 09, 2009 3:43 pm

elections are next tuesday, if you can contribute more to my speech, please do so, tips and suggestions or even samples of past winning speeches will be helpful. I need help..
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Post  Peecekeeper on Fri Oct 09, 2009 4:33 pm

Here is my first draft improvements are welcome, also criticism and suggestions.

Good afternoon, fellow students and teachers, for those of you who don’t know me, my name is Matthew and I am one of 5 candidates running for Prime Minister of the Student Council.

If I am elected, I will not do what I want, and I will not make empty promises, instead, I will fight for what you want and your wishes, the most important part of this school is that it is populated by you, the students, you important people need to have a representative that actually takes into consideration the things you want and the things you need, I will try my best and hardest make your wishes come true, but as a normal human being, I can’t guarantee it.

I intend to take my position seriously and be actively involved. I think that being a true leader means that you’re not locked away in some room planning and making decisions for them, I think that true leaders need to be active in pursuing goals, understanding the students and welcome their suggestions.

The position of Prime Minister seems to be an overwhelming task, but if you give me the opportunity to lead you and serve you as a fellow classmate, student and peer, your support will motivate me to work hard and have a fun school year. Other candidates and students have told me that I have no chance of winning, they tell me that I should just give up and forget about winning, but these put-downs are not what a fellow candidate should receive, and not what a friend of that candidate should give, no, yet encouragement and praise are what should we be saying, if we want to improve this society and have a positive atmosphere. To you potential voters, make the right choice. To my fellow candidates, Good luck. Thank you for your attention and have a great afternoon.
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Post  Peecekeeper on Fri Oct 09, 2009 9:21 pm

2nd draft,

Good afternoon, fellow students and teachers, for those of you who don’t know me, my name is Matthew and I am one of 5 candidates running for Prime Minister of the Student Council.

If I am elected, I will not do what I want, and I will not make empty promises, instead, I will fight for what you want and your wishes, the most important thing about this school is that it is populated by you, the students. You important people need to have a representative that actually takes into consideration the things you want and the things you need, I will try my best and hardest make your wishes come true, but as a normal human being, I can’t guarantee it.

I intend to take my position seriously and be actively involved. I think that being a true leader means that you’re not locked away in some room planning and making decisions for the school, I think that true leaders need to be active in pursuing goals, understanding his colleagues and their ideas and welcome their suggestions.

The position of Prime Minister seems to be an overwhelming task, but if you give me the opportunity to lead you and serve you as a fellow classmate, student and peer, your support will motivate me to work hard and help create a fun school year.

Other candidates and students have told me that I have no chance of winning, they tell me that I should just give up and forget about winning, but these put-downs are not what a fellow candidate should receive, and not what friends should give, no encouragement and praise are what should we be saying, if we want to improve this society and have a positive atmosphere and I strive to support that. To you potential voters, make the right choice, whoever you vote for; but make sure they do the right thing. To my fellow candidates, Good luck. Thank you for your attention and have a great afternoon.
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Post  Otiunos on Sat Oct 10, 2009 5:30 pm

You want to be careful abot putting yourself down. If you hint that you might not be able to do it people will, whether they're aware of it or not, doubt you ability. Just so's you know.
While I aplaud your modesty, I'd suggest putting a bit more confidence into your speech. But the only human bit is nice.
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Post  Peecekeeper on Sat Oct 10, 2009 9:15 pm

Otiunos wrote:You want to be careful abot putting yourself down. If you hint that you might not be able to do it people will, whether they're aware of it or not, doubt you ability. Just so's you know.
While I aplaud your modesty, I'd suggest putting a bit more confidence into your speech. But the only human bit is nice.

What do you think I should add? Can you give an example?
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Post  Aidsboat Nation on Fri Oct 16, 2009 11:18 pm

Elections happen yet? how'd you do?
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Post  Peecekeeper on Sat Oct 17, 2009 1:43 pm

i lost, it was close, thanks anyway everybody.....Sad Sad
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