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Executive Elections

What are GSS Executive elections 2022?

Once annually, during the early Winter term, the standing members of GSS will elect the Executives.

The Executives is comprised of:

  • President
    - Must have previously served a minimum of one term on GSS Council
  • Vice President Academic Affairs
  • Vice President Finance
  • Vice President University Affairs

The Executive serves from May 2022 – April 2023. Students must be enrolled all semesters, with no Co-op Placements.

Where can I get more information?

The electoral process is under the purview of the Chief Returning Officer (C.R.O.), who acts as an independent third-party to the GSS, mandated to coordinate all elections activities, publish elections communications, handle appeals, and respond to member and public inquiries regarding the process.

How do GSS Elections work?

This is the high-level process for GSS Council elections. Read more about each step below.

ELECTION DATES:

Nomination Period: Friday, April 1, 2022 – Friday April 8, 2022 @ 5:00 PM
Mandatory All Candidates Meeting: Friday April 8, 2022 @ 6:00 PM
Campaign Preparation Period: Saturday April 9, 2022 – Tuesday April 12, 2022
Campaign Content Approval Deadline: Tuesday April 12, 2022 @ 5:00 PM
Campaign Period: Wednesday April 13, 2022 @ 12:01 AM – Tuesday April 19, 2022 @ 11:59 PM
Voting Days: Wednesday April 20, 2022 @ 9:00AM – Thursday April 21, 2022 @ 6:00 PM
Appeal Period: Thursday April 21, 2022 @ 7:00 PM – Sunday April 24, 2022 @ 7:00 PM
GSS Ratification Meeting: Thursday April 28, 2022

Voting Link: www.uwindsorgss.ca/vote

How can I nominate or be nominated?

The nomination period launches April 1, 2022. Nominators and self-nominating nominees must download and complete the Nomination Form (see below), as approved by the Chief Returning Officer. Once the form is completed, it must be submitted to the GSS Chief Returning Officer (CRO) before the posted deadline.

Submitting nominators will receive an acknowledgment email confirming official receipt of their nomination. This is the only proof of your submission of nomination, which is issued by the C.R.O.

It is important to note:

  • all nominees and nominators must currently be full paying members of the GSS; and
  • all nominees must obtain ten (10) additional signatures to their own, supporting their nomination as a candidate.

The deadline to submit completed a Nomination Form is Friday April 8, 2022 @ 5:00 PM

Nominations forms must be submitted to the CRO by email at: cro@uwindsorgss.ca

List of Candidates

Below is a list of nominees that have been approved by the Chief Returning Officer to campaign as candidates in the election. These candidates will be listed on the online vote ballot during the election period. Results will be tabulated by the CRO and the result for each candidate will be published as "elected" or "not elected".

What to expect in campaigning?

Officially nominated candidates, which are approved by the CRO according to elections rules and GSS Constitution, are allowed to individually campaign during the official campaign period only. This period runs:

Campaign Preparation Period: Saturday April 9, 2022 – Tuesday April 12, 2022
Campaign Content Approval Deadline: Tuesday April 12, 2022 @ 5:00 PM
Campaign Period: Wednesday April 13, 2022 @ 12:01 AM – Tuesday April 19, 2022 @ 11:59 PM

Candidates are permitted to individually campaign within the allowed rules, which are found in the GSS Constitution. Candidates should direct questions or concerns with the process or rules to the CRO, prior to campaigning.

RULES OF FAIR PLAY
Every Candidate must campaign according to the rules of Fair Play. Violating the rules of Fair Play include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Breaching generally accepted community standards
  2. Libel
  3. Slander
  4. Coercion of voters
  5. Harassment
  6. General sabotage of another Candidate’s campaign
  7. Malicious or intentional breach of Elections Policy
  8. Persistent attempts to undermine the ability of the Election Officials or Supporting Staff to carry out their responsibilities
  9. Any attempt to undermine the electoral process.

CAMPAIGN MATERIALS MUST NOT: 

  1. Be created or distributed in the GSS head office
  2. Be hung or posted in University classrooms, lecture halls and seminar rooms
  3. Overlap or be attached to any hung or posted campaign material of another candidate
  4. Be hung, posted, handed out, discarded of or otherwise distributed in areas set out for polling stations locations, CRO will inform the candidates of the polling station locations prior to the first voting day
  5. Have any direct or indirect reference to an opposing candidate
  6. Include or incorporate the GSS or University of Windsor logo
  7. Have any content that denigrates the spirit of a fair and peaceful democratic election
  8. Disparage the spirit of a fair and peaceful democratic election

How and when can I vote?

Elections are completed electronically, which means each eligible voting member must cast their vote using the official secure online elections portal.

Members may vote by using their UWindsor credentials, and only between the official elections/voting period:

Voting Days: Wednesday April 20, 2022 @ 9:00AM – Thursday April 21, 2022 @ 6:00 PM

Election Results

The official 2022 election results will be published by May 1, 2022

 

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