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Monday 20th February 9AM
Wednesday 22nd February 2-3:30PM
Thursday 23rd February 2 - 3:30PM
Wednesday 1st March 12PM
Monday 6th March 9AM
Official Candidate List Release + Campaign Starts
Tuesday 7th March 9AM
Thursday 9th March 12PM
Friday 10th March 2PM
|Monday 20th February 9AM
|Monday 20th February
|Wednesday 22nd February 2 - 3:30PM
|Thursday 23rd February 2 - 3:30PM
|Wednesday 1st March 12PM
|Thursday 2nd March
|Monday 6th March 9AM
||Official Candidate List Release + Campaign Starts
|Monday 6th March 2PM
|Tuesday 7th March 9:AM
|Thursday 9th March 12PM
All complaints and claim forms to be submitted by 2PM.
|Friday 10th March 2PM
WHAT'S ALL THIS ABOUT?
Aston Students' Union is a democratic membership organisation. This means that it exists to serve its members (which are Aston students), and that members (also Aston students!) are elected to run it.
Every year, 5 Sabbatical Officers and 8 Voluntary Officers are elected to lead the organisation. If you're an Aston student and you want to make a difference to the lives of other Aston students, then becoming an Officer might be for you!
SO, CAN I BE ELECTED?
If you're an Aston student, then almost definitely. You must have opted in to Aston Students' Union membership - although if you haven't, or are unsure, you can check on opt in on MAP. There is no charge to be a member of Aston Students' Union.
For the Full-Time, or Sabbatical roles (President, VP Education, VP Welfare, VP Student Activities, VP Communities), you must be prepared to undertake a year's full-time, paid work in the Students' Union. Students often do this as a Placement role, or in the year immediately after graduating, although theoretically any student can get involved.
WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO TO BE ELECTED?
As with most elections, to be elected, you'll have to get the highest number of votes! All Aston Students' Union members will be able to submit their vote electronically. The voting system used is called Alternative Voting - you can learn about it here. During that week, you'll try to get as many students as possible to vote for you.
IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE I NEED TO DO?
There are a few things you'll need to do - firstly, you'll need to think about which role you'd be best suited for. Read through the Officer Roles if you're still unsure.
Then you'll need to create a manifesto to show potential voters why you'd be the best candidate to vote for. This can be text-based, or a visual manifesto (made on Publisher, Photoshop, GIMP, Canva, or a similar programme) - or you can submit both. If you don't submit a manifesto, your nomination will be removed from the election.
After the nomination period has closed, you must attend a training session; check the schedule above for details. You'll also need to get your photo taken by the Students' Union's Marketing team. If you don't get a photo taken, your nomination will be removed from the election.
Ignorance of the rules will not normally be considered a defence in the event of a breach of a rule.
Any and all complaints must be submitted to email@example.com, by 2pm on March 9th.
1. No coercion.
This means candidates cannot pressurise or force students to vote for them. Standing over a student and watching them vote will be seen as coercion. Candidates must not give electronic devices to voters when asking them to vote. Candidates cannot take someone’s phone and cast their vote for them. All students should be given a free and fair choice at the point of voting.
2. No bribery (financial or otherwise).
This means that candidates and campaign teams cannot pay students to vote for you or offer to do something for them in order to get them to vote for you. Candidates must not bribe other candidates to participate in any not approved slate(s) or to be part of an existing slate(s).
3. No illegal discrimination.
Candidates should not do anything that could be discriminatory against protected characteristics (Gender Identification, Race, Religion, Disability, and Sexual Orientation).
4. Candidates must be open and honest in their campaigning.
Online spamming and trolling types of behaviour and physical intimidation may be considered to be a breach of this rule.
5. Local rules apply within the University.
All current Aston University and Aston SU rules must be complied with. For example, no campaigning is allowed in the University library. This includes printed materials. Candidates should also not create campaign content in the University library.
6. Pre-campaigning is not allowed.
This means campaigning before campaigning has been permitted by the SU.
7. All candidates must stick to the fixed budget.
Overspending of the budget will result in disqualification. Candidates may use their budget for printing materials. Candidates may use the free printing facilities available to them via the University. For each free A4 item printed will reduce your campaign budget by 10p and for A3 by 20p. In addition, there will be a further 10p sustainability surcharge for each A4 and 20p for each A3. This surcharge applies whether or not the printing is from free printing. The charges must be paid for within the budget. Candidates must declare the amount of printing they have used. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.
8. All campaign materials should be approved in principle by the Deputy Returning Officer (DRO).
This does not include every social media post but core materials such as manifestos, posters and flyers/leaflets must be submitted in advance to be approved.
9. Current officers or students in a position within the union/university must not use facilities or information available in their official capacity to them to advantage themselves.
For example, SU Course Reps using email lists/social media that they have as a result of being a Rep to contact voters. This does not include social media accounts that are owned by that student within a personal capacity or access to individuals through your own private networks.
Current officers should not use social media accounts that they use for their officer position in order to campaign.
10. Union clubs and societies can endorse or support a particular candidate.
Club and society committees must vote to endorse a candidate and the Student Voice team should be informed. Individual members of a particular club or society can state using their personal social media?for example,?"I am the Secretary of Aston Coffee Drinkers Society and I say vote for Candidate X". The group can also say "Aston Coffee Drinkers Society supports Candidate X and vote for Candidate X ..."
11. Candidates must not canvas or seek the support of Aston University or SU staff.
12. Campaigning must be done by students at Aston to students at Aston.
Campaign teams can only be formed with Aston University Students
12.1 Candidates must inform the Union Voice team(firstname.lastname@example.org) who their campaign teams are before the voting opens.
12.2 Candidates will be held responsible for their campaign team members’ behaviour.
13. Candidates are not allowed to have endorsement of any kind for the purpose of campaigning from external companies, organisations, business, and/or people.
14. Candidate teams/slates are permitted.
The DRO should be informed when a slate/team exists. If the DRO is not informed that a group of candidates are standing on a slate/team the DRO will look to the facts and the reality of the situation to decide whether candidates are standing as part of a slate/team.
14.1 A slate/team are a group of candidates (2 or more) running together. Candidates who run as a slate are able to combine their budget to produce joint campaigning materials such as leaflets, posters etc.
15. Complaints should be submitted to the DRO (email@example.com) in a timely manner and at the latest, 2 hours after voting has closed.
Please note, in order for the DRO to make a valid decision, evidence is required. If you witness a breach of campaigning rules please indicate the specific time, date, and location, to assist with the investigation.
The full Election Rulebook can be found here
Deputy Returning Officer Rulings
All sanctions applied to candidates by the Deputy Returning Officer will be posted here for reference:
FORMAL WARNING - Juan Carlos Garcia Belza - Breach of Rule 6.
FORMAL WARNING - Mudit Gattani - Breach of Rule 6.
FORMAL WARNING - Mahnoor Asher - Breach of Rule 6.
FORMAL WARNING - Sadia Tasmin - Breach of Rule 6.
FORMAL WARNING - Anchal Chauhan - Breach of Rule 6.
FORMAL WARNING - Taher Gadiwala - Breach of Rule 6.
FORMAL WARNING - Batoul Abu-Affar - Breach of Rule 6.
The Candidate Training Presentation can be found here.