Voting was original scheduled to close at 12 midday on Thursday, while the results ceremony was set to be held on Friday night in Venue.
The measures have been introduced to counter low voter turnout; it is expected that footfall on campus will be much lower this week in response to many international students returning home early, some students self-isolating, and multiple non-curricular events on campus being cancelled. These include today’s Spring Recruitment Fair and the University’s Insights public lecture series, as well as NU Women's events for the rest of March.
It is also hoped that, by extending the voting deadline, candidates will have more time to invest in the development of online adverts and posts to mitigate the impacts of lower rates of in-person engagement.
"The way that the candidates have been messed about isn't very good," said student George Boatfield. "If this was going to happen then they should have informed candidates earlier on. Now candidates are having to alter their campaign strategies yet again to accommodate this extra day, which is difficult when they are also trying to study for a degree."