A University rector election has been thrown into doubt over a complaint of irregularities in the campaigning process.
The University of Aberdeen had been expected to announce the results of its rector election on Thursday evening.
But yesterday the university released a statement confirming the results had been suspended.
The move came after allegations of “irregularities in the campaigning process”.
A University of Aberdeen spokesman said: “The results of the 2017 Rectors Election have been suspended following an appeal regarding a complaint of irregularities in the campaigning process.
“The results of the election will not be known until the appeal process has concluded, which is likely to be next week.”
There are four candidates vying for the role of rector at the University of Aberdeen, an ancient post with a rich tradition held by many well known people throughout the years, including Winston Churchill, Andrew Carnegie, Herbert Henry Asquith and Clarissa Dickson Wright.
Current Rector Maggie Chapman has been in the role since 2014 and is among those throwing their hats in the ring.
She is the co-convener of the Scottish Green Party and chief executive of the Scottish Council on Visual Impairment.
She is up against University of Aberdeen alumni Andrew Bowie, who is the Member of Parliament for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine.
A spokesman for Mr Bowie said: “Obviously it is disappointing that the election has been suspended.
“We hope that a positive outcome can be reached.”
Also in the running is student Angus Hepburn, from Kippen, near Stirling.
And the final candidate is Fiona Kennedy who combines an internationally successful career as a singer, broadcaster and producer with charity work.
The rector’s main role is to represent and support the students of the university and have a direct relationship with them.