Former college Student President to face trial over election rigging

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The former student president at Forth Valley College is accused of creating a scheme to ensure his victory in the student election.

Liam Williams, 22, is accused of fixing the vote in order to receive funding given once elected.

Williams, from Kincardine, Fife, is claimed to have activated student accounts without their knowledge or consent, between February 28th and July 23rd 2019, to vote for himself as president and Lindsay Graham for vice president.

Graham has not been charged with any wrongdoing.

Once victorious, Williams received £1,595.86 awarded to the elected president in office.

Appearing at Falkirk Sheriff Court on Monday, Williams pleaded not guilty to the charge against him with Sheriff Derek Livingston setting a trial date for May 11 of this year.

A procedural hearing was set for April 20, with Williams ordained to appear.

New Student President Andrew Smirthwaite, 27, was announced as the new president in a statement from the College on 5th September 2019.

Forth Valley College, which has campuses in Falkirk, Alloa and Stirling, has yet to give a comment.

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