Elections candidates announced!

CANTERBURY POSITION
Ellie Webb Campus Officer
Michelle Wenmouth Student Experience Officer
Jessica Thomas Clubs & Societies Officer
Bianca Boulton Students with Disabilities Officer
EPSOM POSITION
Silviu Doroftei Campus Officer
Folayemi Davis International Students Officer
FARNHAM POSITION
Rhianne Hill Campus Officer
Charlotte Lawrence Campus Officer
Lee-Anne Lawrance Environmental Officer
Dominic Leaf LGBT Officer
Kanndiss Riley International Students Officer
Madalina Sfitlic Multicultural Officer
ROCHESTER POSITION
Annabel Giraud-Telme Campus Officer
Scarlett Hooper Campus Officer
Tasmin Brindley Student Experience Officer
Julia Mason Student Experience Officer
Sankavy Balasingam International Students Officer
Kayleigh Anderson Womens Officer
George Brabham Further Education Officer
Joshua Brand Clubs & Societies Officer
Ayunie Adiana Andi Djohar Multicultural Officer
ALL CAMPUS VOTE POSITION
George Brabham Student Trustee
Thomas Morton Student Trustee
George Brabham NUS Delegate
Joel Goldman NUS Delegate
Widad ‘Dodi’ Kazma NUS Delegate

Every student can cast a vote for all Campus Officer positions, regardless of their respective campus of study.

WHY VOTE?

Each year elections are run to choose who will lead the Union with regards to campaigns and activities, but more importantly they are used to choose who will represent you to the University.The Students’ Union is your voice on issues that affect you during your time here at UCA. It takes under a minute to have your say on who you want so please take 60 seconds out of your day to make sure the right person is in place to hear your views and present them to the Institution.There are loads of things the Union can campaign on:
– Cheaper printing facilities
– Extended opening hours
– More Union run events
– More contact time with your tutors
– Better clubs and societies
– Addressing issues around the campus and in the wider community
– New Course Representative System
And many more!This is your opportunity to choose who represents you so please take the chance and make this YOUR Union!

We need your voice, we need your vote, and we need you!

 

HOW VOTING WORKS

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The ballot is run using the Single Transferable Vote (STV) mode of voting. STV allows the voter to rank the candidates in order of preference. Voters mark their favourite candidate number 1, their second preferred candidate number 2 and so on. Voters do not have to rank all candidates, they can just choose their favourite and leave it at that.

There is also the option to vote to Re-Open Nomination (R.O.N.), which a voter can use if there is no candidate they wish to vote for. If R.O.N. wins the election, it will be run again. By allowing voters to rank candidates in order of preference, STV creates a system whereby the ‘least unpopular’ candidate wins. In order to be elected the candidate must reach the ‘quota’ (over 50% of total valid votes cast).

If after the first round of the count the quota is reached, that candidate is elected.However, if no candidate reaches the quota then the candidate with the lowest number of votes is eliminated and their surplus votes (the difference between their vote and the quota) are transferred amongst the remaining candidates.We then look to see if any candidate has met the quota, if not then the candidate with the next fewest votes is excluded and the process continues until a candidate reaches the quota and is therefore elected. 

Using STV, fewer votes are ‘wasted’ (i.e. cast for losing candidates or unnecessarily cast for the winner), and there is no need for tactical voting – voters can choose their favourite.

WHO IS RON?!

Many students’ unions in Britain use a ballot option called re-open nominations (RON). RON is a vote against all subsequent candidates in an election.If re-open nominations is deemed elected to any position then at the end of the count that position is declared vacant and nominations must later be re-opened for that position.In a multi-member constituency (such as Student Experience Officers) there are two approaches. In the first, when a RON candidate is elected, all other candidates below RON are declared not to be elected and the counting process stops, the election is then re-run for that and all other unfilled positions.

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