2021 Student Council Elections
On March 4th and 5th 2021, students will vote for their student councillors for the first time in many years. The Student Council will be tasked with many important projects and will help the Executive Committee in overseeing the activities of the union.
For this election period, Councillors will be given a mandate that will start once elections are past and will end on May 31st, 2021. The student council is broken down into 2 categories (program representatives and demographic representatives). The 5 demographic representatives will be selected by the Executive committee through an application process. The 12 program representatives will be directly elected by the student body. The program representatives are further broken down into 5 categories (Social science, Science, Arts, Technical and Continuing Education). Each student in a given program will be eligible to vote for the representatives for their program category.
The executive committee sets the composition of the student council each year and decided that the composition would be set as follows based on the latest student body statistics:
4 Social Science Councillors
2 Science Councillors
1 Arts Councillor
3 Technical Councillors
2 Continuing Education Councillors
In order to become a candidate, a student must submit a nomination form which can be found below along with 15 signatures of students that eligible to vote that support the student's candidacy. The nomination period will commence on the 25th of January 2021 at 12:00 am and end on the 22nd of February 2021 at 12:00 am.
Below are the documents required for the nomination process:
Voting will commence on March 4th, 2021 and close on March 5th, 2021 at
4:00 pm. Results will be announced on the day of the close of the polls. These elections will be completed with the use of a preferential single transferable voting system.
For any more questions on the 2021 Student Council elections, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
ELECTIONS AND REFERENDA
Elections for the DSU are governed under By-law 10. Elections take place each year but can occur more than once in a given year. Elections in normal circumstances take place in April of each year in what is called the general elections. In this general election, both the Executive Committee (board of the union) and Student Council are elected by means of a ballot. The exact timeline of elections is always set by the Executive Committee prior and is communicated to the Chief Electoral Officer, otherwise known as the CEO, the general administrator of the elections. By-elections may also take place following the resignation of one or multiple directors of the Executive Committee or Councillors of the Student Council.
The Chief Electoral Officer is the head officer and overseer of the elections and is tasked with ensuring a fair and efficient electoral process. In order to accomplish this goal, they are supported by the Elections Commission, composed of appointed officers who help with various tasks that arise during the process, such as organizing debates, preparing ballots and counting ballots. The CEO is appointed by the Executive Committee but nominated by the Student Council. This process is outlined in By-law 7.
The election process tends to be divided into three phases, the first being the nominations process. Depending on which position a potential candidate is seeking, they will need to obtain 15- 20 signatures of students who are eligible to vote. Following the close of nominations, the elections commission will review the nomination forms to ensure they are all compliant before declaring the official candidates. Following this, there is a campaign period that happens at minimum over the course of one week before the start of the polling. Finally, the voting period takes place over the course of two days and must include at least 16 hours of polling. Following this, votes are tabulated, and the list of winners is submitted to the Executive Committee.
The Elections Commission is also tasked with overseeing and administering referenda when they take place. Referenda are used in the case of modification of student membership fees, to call a strike or to amend By-laws or the Constitution. The goal of a referendum is to consult the membership directly on important questions. The requirements for the use of referenda are indicated in the By-laws of the Union. The Executive Committee calls a referendum when needed and must give at least 14 days' notice before the day where voting can take place.
A referendum can also be called by the Student Council by a vote of 2/3 majority which is subject to ratification by the Executive Committee or through the calling of a Special General Assembly by the means of a petition which requires such a petition to be signed by no less than 5% of the membership.
Dawson Elections Commission
The Elections Commission is tasked with overseeing and administering the overall electoral and voting process for all DSU elections and referenda. The head of the commission is the Chief Electoral Officer, who can name a deputy referred to as the Deputy Elections Officer. The elections commission is given a budget to manage their elections each year. If you wish to help out during elections and join the Elections Commission, feel free to reach out! For any questions concerning elections, please contact email@example.com