Nominations open for student union by-election

Students will head back to the polls to fill vacant TRUSU positions

Jessica Klymchuk, News Editor Ω

Students will return to the polls for the Sept. 25 byelection. Kevin Skrepnek/The Omega

Students will return to the polls for the Sept. 25 by-election. Kevin Skrepnek/The Omega

TRUSU is sending students to the polls on Sept. 25 to choose a graduate students’ representative and another director-at-large.

The graduate students’ representative position has been vacant since the March 2013 election because there were no nominees, and one of the four director-at-large positions became vacant after council received Parth Patel’s resignation at the Sept. 17 council meeting.

In response, Aboriginal students’ representative Liz Whiting questioned the process of electing students without knowing whether they will be returning the following academic year.

Executive director Nathan Lane said there is no way for TRUSU to verify that a student will be able to fulfill the entire term when they put themselves forward in March.

“I’m not sure if there’s a system that will ever allow us to do that,” he said.

TRUSU council adopted the by-election schedule at the Sept. 17 meeting.

The notice of nominations was announced on Sept. 18 with nominations opening Wednesday Sept. 25 at 9 a.m. and closing Oct. 8 at 4 p.m.

An all-candidates meeting will be held Oct. 8 at 6 p.m. followed by the notice of candidates and commencement of campaigning on Oct. 9.

An all-candidates forum will be held Oct. 10 and polling will take place Oct. 16 and Oct. 17.

Nomination packages can be picked up and submitted at the TRUSU desk in the Independent Centre.