HOW TO WRITE A MANIFESTO

Essentially, your manifesto is why you want to stand.

This 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.

 

Some top tips for writing your manifesto:

• Talk to the people in the role currently to see what their role is like and read the information relating to that role included in this pack

• 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

• Make sure it is readable

• Set out your goals for what you want to achieve (You may wish to do this in bullet point). Ensure they are realistic & achievable. Officers are answerable to the student body who might decide to ask why you’ve not managed to live up to your manifesto

• 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 VP Education Officer. However, instances, where you have shown leadership, tenacity, and tact, would indicate to voters your suitability for the role

• Think about what the role could be rather than what it currently is - Be creative and inspiring

• Make sure you read the rules to make sure that you are not overstepping the mark