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University of Western Ontario
1313 Somerville House
London, ON  N6A 3K7

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Elections Postponed to May 3, 2017 at 4:30pm in SH 3345

From the office of the Chief Returning Officer of PSAC Local 610

We are required to postpone the elections scheduled for today, April 26, 2017, for the following reasons:

 

  • To proceed contravenes our bylaws because not all members in good standing were made aware of the scheduled elections.
  • In order to treat all members fairly and be clear and transparent in the process, a ruling has been obtained by the president of the PSAC Robyn Benson, to postpone the elections for one week.
  • This is a compromise no doubt but it is the only way we can proceed and ensure that we are a completely inclusive union. All members must have fair and equal notice, as per our bylaws.
  • The nominations process is going to be the same as it has been in the past. All nominees who have previously submitted their names are still candidates.

Nominations are now re-opened effective immediately for this week up to May 3, 2017 at 4:30pm via email OR on the floor at elections. Campaigning is also open for this period. Anyone running for office must be a member in good standing with the PSAC. The Statement of all current nominees are here.

Please read below the full details:

Elections will be held on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, in Somerville House room 3345 starting at 4:30PM. Please note, voting will not open until all candidates have presented.

We are accepting nominations for the following officer positions. Information on each position is in our Bylaws and Policies.

President
Administration and Internal Communications Chair
Finance Chair
External Communications Chair
Arts and Humanities Chief Steward
Biological Sciences Chief Steward
Physical Sciences Chief Steward
Social Sciences Chief Steward
Postdoctoral Chief Steward
Occupational Health and Safety Officer
Ombudsperson
Speaker

Nominations must be emailed to the following addresses OR nominations proposed on the floor at elections:

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Nominations must indicate:

  • The name of the person being nominated (self-nomination is acceptable);
  • The position for which the person is being nominated.

Please note that only members from within the respective faculty may nominate or stand for nominations for chief steward positions.  Incomplete nominations will result in disqualification.

The campaigning period of one week will begin immediately. Rules regarding campaigning are explained in the bylaws.

A one-page candidate statement (pdf or doc) may be submitted to the local office for dispersal to the membership. According to the following stipulations:

Statements shall meet the following criteria:

  1. Be no longer than one ‘letter sized’ page. Any pages beyond this will be discarded;
  2. At least 85% of written material shall be 12-point font or larger. Any font-style is acceptable;
  3. Margins may be of any size;
  4. Statements may contain any combination of written and pictorial content;
  5. Statements that are fallacious or libelous will result in disqualification of the candidate.

Statements will be dispersed by the local office. Candidates’ Statements will be sent out to the membership daily, as they come in. Any statements received after the start of elections will not be dispersed to the membership.

Statements must be emailed to the following addresses:

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Campaigning regulations according to the Bylaws section 12.5:

12.5.1  no candidate may engage in mass electronic mailing of any kind, including but not limited to list-serve or recipient lists of more than five (5) persons;

12.5.2  social networking (e.g. Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, et al.) shall be permitted;

12.5.3  no money is permitted to be spent on any electronic media;

12.5.4  each candidate shall be permitted to distribute a one page mail-out, subject to the limitations outlined by the Chief Returning Officer, that shall be distributed to the membership by the External Communications Chair one week prior to the commencement of the elections;

12.5.5  the campaign period shall begin one week prior to the election;

12.5.6 no campaigning materials shall be circulated once a General Meeting for elections has begun.

Election Process:

  • Registration opens at 4:15pm
  • Meeting starts at 4:30pm
  • Nominations for each position followed by 5 minute presentations by each candidate:

President
Administration and Internal Communications Chair
Finance Chair
External Communications Chair
Arts and Humanities Chief Steward
Biological Sciences Chief Steward
Physical Sciences Chief Steward
Social Sciences Chief Steward
Postdoctoral Chief Steward
Occupational Health and Safety Officer
Ombudsperson
Speaker

  • Using visual aids for presentations, such as PowerPoint, are allowed. However, candidates must take full responsibility of using them, and be within their speech time-frame. The speech time-frame is 5 minutes.  Candidates must be ready to use substitute means of presentation or speech in case there is a technical problem.
  • After candidates’ presentations there will be a 20 minute question period with all candidates.
  • Voting begins. No one can enter or leave the meeting room during voting.
  • Ballots are counted and the elected officers are announced to the members.

 

PSAC610 / SOGS COMMON INFO:

A significant portion of our members are also members of the University of Western Ontario Society of Graduate Students.