The election procedures were developed by the Student Advisory Committee 2003-2005, in consultation with the Student Representative 2003-2005 and the Student Representative 2005-2007. They reflect the student members’ interests and opinions, as they were expressed during the Graduate Student Member General Meeting in Guelph, 2005.
Call for nominations
A call for Student Representative nominations will be published in the off-year Spring Newsletter and posted on the society’s web-site.
- Any graduate student member in good standing (except the Student Representative in office) may nominate herself for Student Representative.
- Self-nominations should be submitted to the Student Representative, accompanied by a brief biography as well as a platform statement.
- There is no limit to the number of self-nominees.
- Deadline for submissions will be four weeks before the regular biennial meeting.
- Two weeks before the regular biennial meeting the Student Representative, in consultation with the Student Advisory Committee, will evaluate the biographies and statements submitted, and will circulate among the student membership those of the students who will stand for election.
- There is no limit to the number of candidates, although no more than four is recommended, based on the election procedure described below.
- Election for Student Representative will take place during the Graduate Student Member General Meeting (lunch break before the General Membership Meeting).
- Two members of the Student Asvisory Committee will administer balloting.
- Each candidate will have the opportunity to introduce herself and briefly present her platform before balloting begins.
- Election of the Student Representative will be accomplished by run-off voting in the following way: rounds of voting will proceed until one candidate obtains the majority of votes. This procedure ensures that election reflects the choice of the majority of students present at the Graduate Student Member General Meeting.
- Students who are not present at the Meeting will not have a chance to vote.
- The Student Representative to the Council will hold office for a period of two years.
- Past Student Representatives may not nominate themselves for another period.
- The duties of the newly elected Student Representative begin immediately after the biennial meeting.