By-Election 2018

About this Election

Elections SFUO is the department of the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO) that manages the annual By-Election in October and General Election in February. We are the sole body to administer the Federation’s Elections and Referenda. We work hard behind the scenes to manage the logistics behind running elections all across campus, which allows students to get involved and vote.

Our team is comprised of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Chief Returning Officer, poll clerks, and the election promotions team. We have a talented group of individuals who are dedicated to serving SFUO members, while ensuring the fairness, integrity, independence, transparency and accountability of the entire electoral process for all elections of the SFUO.

At the head of our Elections SFUO team is the CEO who will ensure the electoral regulations are adhered to by all candidates, voters, and committees. When the regulations are respected by all parties then the integrity and fairness of elections will be sustained. When the electoral regulations are not followed, then penalties may ensue which can impact the outcome of an election such as the disqualification of a candidate.

If you’re interested in running as a candidate or learning more about how to vote, then you’re in the right place. You can explore our resources dedicated to voters and candidates alike.

Voter's Corner

There is no rule forcing you to vote – it is your right as a student, but it is not an obligation that you must fulfill. However, if you want to have an impact on the time you spend here at the University of Ottawa then voting is one of the best ways to make a difference.

Voting allows you to influence student services, policies, and campus life through the candidate(s) you vote for. The candidates you choose will go to work for you to make changes that will affect your student experience. Use your vote to select the best candidates who you believe offer the platform that align with your interests.

Any member of the University of Ottawa students who has paid their SFUO fees and are enrolled for the current semester are eligible to vote. For more details please refer to the (electoral regulations).

In order to cast a paper ballot a student will need to bring their valid student identification card OR a government issued photo ID. Under no circumstances may a student cast a paper ballot without at least one of these two items. No appeals on this matter will be considered. All paper ballots must be cast in the presence of at least one Elections SFUO staff.

The elections will take place according the timeline outlined on Appendix A throughout the school year.

On the day of the upcoming election there will be multiple polling stations all across campus from 9:30am – 7:00pm. You can go to the polling station that is closest to you to submit your ballot. Elections SFUO will have its team members at every poll station on campus to hand you your paper ballot with instructions on how to submit your votes.

Candidate's Corner

FAQ

Do you consider yourself a leader? Do you have a vision that you would like to implement for students? Would you like to leave an impact on campus? If you answered yes to any of these questions then becoming a candidate in the next SFUO election is a wise choice.

You can learn more about the roles and responsibilities of a particular position such as the Executive, Board of Administration and BOG other positions by referring to the appropriate SFUO documentation.

The elections will take place according the timeline outlined on Appendix A throughout the school year. The date will be announced by Elections SFUO and will be made available through SFUO’s online platform.

Any person is eligible to run in an election as a candidate if the requirements of SFUO constitution by-law 3 are met. This includes being 18 or older on the first day of your mandate among other requirements outlined in the SFUO constitution.

Any person is eligible to run in an election as a candidate if the requirements of SFUO constitution by-law 3 are met. This includes being 18 or older on the first day of your mandate among other requirements outlined in the SFUO constitution.

Any member wishing to become a candidate in the general, special or by – elections shall submit alongside their nomination a statement of understanding, which states that they have read and understood the Constitution, the Electoral Regulations; that they understand that they will be subject to sanctions imposed by Elections SFUO; and that they intend to remain a Member of the Student Federation throughout their term in office.
For more details regarding the requirements for candidacy such as seeking signatures, bilingualism, limitations, and more – please refer to the electoral regulations. .

The Chief Electoral Officer shall designate a specific period in which campaigning is permitted. During this campaign period candidates can announce their platform through a variety of different methods such as classroom presentations, posters around campus, social media, etc.
All candidates and Referendum committees are entitled to submit a picture, platform, and up to two hyperlinks to appear on Elections SFUO and/or on the Student Federation website at the start of the Campaign Period, provided that they are submitted no later than the time and date stipulated in Appendix A. The platform shall be fully bilingual and shall not exceed 250 words in both languages. The platforms shall be made available, as is, through Elections SFUO and/or on the Student Federation.

If you have any questions or concerns related to any aspect of your campaign, please direct your questions to the Chief Electoral Officer through the contact us form. The team is ready to assist you with requests.

In order to level the playing field for all candidates in an election there are limits on the maximum amount of funds that can be used for a campaign.
Depending on the position you are running for in the election, the maximum amount of funds you can put towards your campaign will vary. All amounts are in Canadian dollars:
● Executive candidates can spend up to $300
● BOA candidates can spend up to $100
● Senate candidates can spend up to $100
● BOG candidates can spend up to $100
● Referendum Committees can spend up to $300

Please refer to the electoral regulations on how to file your campaign expenses correctly.

Yes, candidates can receive donations of goods and services for their campaigns. These donations must be declared at their Fair Market Value. Donations cannot exceed the maximum campaign expenses limit outlined in the Electoral Regulations.