Labour candidate Solomon Curtis scored a narrow victory in Uckfield Community Technology College 6th annual election debate.
Votes were counted using the Alternative Vote (AV) system where voters rank candidates in order of preference.
Mr Curtis scored 35.83% of the combined year 12 and 13 votes, followed by Ms Ghani on 33.75%. Third-placed went to Alfie Stirling (Green) with 18.33%, followed by Giles Goodall (Liberal Democrat) 10% and Peter Griffiths (UK Independence Party) 3.75%.
It was a Labour gain from the Green – Alexandra Phillips won in 2014 with 52% of the vote.
All candidates are standing in Wealden for today’s General Election with the exception of Alfie Stirling (the Green candidate for Lewes) who stood in for Mark Smith (Green candidate for Wealden).
A college spokesman said: “The main purpose of this annual event is to raise awareness of politics and encourage students, especially those who may be disinterested, to vote and get involved.
“The politics department believes this event to be particularly important because young people between the ages of 18-24 are the least likely of all age groups to vote. At the last general election (2010) less than half of under 25s voted.”
Chester Broad (a year 13 student) and Dan Buschle (head of Politics at UCTC) were responsible for ‘keeping the candidates in line’.
Votes were counted by Thomas Michael, Lucy Nunnerley-Hood, Joe Scarse, Elliot Atkinson, Chester Broad, Sam Esplay, Nick Cornish, Matthew Savage, Jessica Hubbard.