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Writing an election manifesto needn’t be something to tear your hair out about. Essentially, your manifesto should state what you would plan to do in your time of office, and what changes you would make. It isn’t an excuse to bad mouth your opposition, or make unrealistic promises. Take some time before you write it to think about what you believe you can achieve and what the voters would respond to.

Missed our workshop on writing a manifesto. You can read through the presentation here

Some top tips for writing your manifesto:

  • Be concise and use clear language. Avoid long, complicated words – you won’t win awards for being clever and you might just alienate important voters.
  • Type it out – you may be able to read your own writing, but can anybody else? Please ensure you use an easy to read font, like Arial or Times New Roman; text should not be smaller than font size 12.
  • Set out your goals for your time in office and ensure they are realistic & achievable – officers are answerable to the student body who might decide to ask why you’ve not managed to rebuild the Union building.
  • Your manifesto is about you and not about your opponents. Avoid discrediting and disrespecting others as it is not professional and ultimately it could lead to a libel lawsuit!
  • Be relevant. There’s not much point telling everyone you like cute bunny rabbits when you’re standing for Finance & Administration Officer. However, instances where you have shown leadership, tenacity, and tact would indicate to voters your suitability for the role.
  • Keep it to a maximum of one side of A4. They are the rules, and, after all, voters will want to read what you have to say and are likely to give up if you write the equivalent of ‘War and Peace’.
  • Be creative and inspiring. However, there are rules so make sure that you are not overstepping the mark.

Once you have drafted your manifesto, you can run it past any of the people listed below, who can provide guidance on the rules.

Good luck!

If you require further guidance contact su.elections@ucl.ac.uk