Election Rules

1. Nominations

2. Campaigning

3. Budget

4. Election Manifesto

5. Election Publicity & Campaigning

6. Count and Announcement

7. Complaints and appeals

 

Nominations

1. All nominations shall be submitted via the electronic form provided no later than 5pm on Thursday 7th February, 2018.

 

2. The nomination must include all text required for campaign material (posters, flyers, badges, banners etc), as this will be sent for translation by the Students’ Union.

 

3. The Returning Officer will only accept nominations for specific campus based positions from students or incumbent officers based at that site.

 

4. No member may stand for more than one position at the same election.

 

5. A candidates' meeting will be held following the close of nominations. At this meeting the DRO will provide a campaign rules briefing and other relevant guidelines for those involved. Those unable to make this meeting must ensure they arrange to speak with the DRO before campaigning.

 

Campaigning

6. Campaigners are responsible for the actions of their campaign teams. They must take all reasonable steps to ensure that their supporters’ actions comply with the campaign rules at all times and must be able to demonstrate this in the event of a complaint against them.

 

7. Campaigners may only alter, move or remove their own campaign materials.

 

8. Campaigners may only use mailing lists where lawful to do so. In most cases this will require the consent of the members on the list to use their details.

 

9. In the case of activity groups mailing lists are deemed to be owned by the membership of the group so committee approval is required in order to allow use of the list.

 

10. Campaigners must not prevent free and easy access to and within the Union Building when campaigning.

 

11. Campaigners must not communicate with voters in any way once they have begun or are in the act of voting.  

 

12. Bribes must not be offered as part of any campaign.

 

13. Campaigners should not undertake campaigns activity which others could not also reasonably do.

 

14. Candidates and campaigners may not:

i) force, coerce or in any way intimidate students, particularly when they are near or in the act of voting.

ii) vote on behalf of another student

iii) intimidate any participant in the election

iv) deliberately sabotage any campaign other than their own

v) deface another candidate’s materials, publicity, online media, social networking site etc

vi) make an attempt to defraud the election

vii) make any attempt to influence the impartiality of the Returning Officer, Deputy Returning Officer or Students’ Union staff

viii) discuss the personal traits of another candidate

ix) misrepresent another candidate’s views or make claims about themselves or any other candidate that are untrue.

x) hand voters an electronic device for the purpose of voting or demand that voters take out their own electronic device in order to vote immediately

xi) bring the election process into disrepute

 

15. Candidates and campaigners must:

i) Uphold the letter and spirit of the election rules and the students’ union equal opportunities, zero tolerance to harassment and bilingual policies at all times.

ii) Follow the laws and regulations of both the land and the University at all times.

 

Budget

16. For Full Time Officers elections, the campaign budgets will be £35 (refunded by TSDSU) and can spend up to £35 of their own money. This amount may not be exceeded.

 

17. For the Part Time Officers and Student Trustees election, the campaign budgets will be £15 (refunded by TSDSU) and can spend up to £15 of their own money. This amount may not be exceeded.

 

18. All campaigners must submit a written list of all campaign costs with corresponding receipts to the Deputy Retuning Officer within one hour of the close of voting.  If candidates do not spend any money during the course of their campaign this must be made clear on the submission

 

19. All materials used by a campaigner must be included within their statement of expenditure alongside receipts or a reasonable estimated market rate.

 

20. The following items are readily available to all candidates and their supporters and so their fair use does not carry a cash value: Old T-shirts; Paint; Old Bedsheets; Marker Pens; Blu-tack; Pre-used cardboard; Old wood; Pencils; String; Sticky tape; Pins.

 

NOTE: This rule has been included to assist candidates in making election time exciting, vibrant and high profile. The returning officer and their deputy are aware that this rule may be open to abuse and will be closely monitoring campaign resources as a result. Please remember that they are the people who determine ‘fair use’.

 

21. All items not purchased but used for campaign purposes must be valued by the Deputy Returning officer.

 

22. All campaigners must adhere to the rules of behaviour on any TSDSU or university premises.

 

Election Manifesto

23. Each candidate is required to produce an election manifesto. This is your chance to sell yourself and your ideas to the voters. The manifesto should be no more than 250 words for Full Time Officer positions and no more than 150 words for Part Time and Student Trustee positions.  

 

24. The manifesto text must be submitted with your nomination form and charity trustee declaration* if applicable (*needed for Group President, Campus President and Student Trustee). The designed version of the manifesto needs to be submitted to election@uwtsd.ac.uk by 4PM on Monday 6th February.

 

25. To help publicise voting times, all manifestos must contain the following statement:

Voting links are sent to your Academic e-mails, to vote just click on the link between 10am on the 14th February and 12pm on the 21st February. For queries e-mail election@uwtsd.ac.uk

 

26. The manifesto must be submitted in ‘camera ready artwork’ to enable it to be effectively reproduced in print and on the union elections website. JPG or TFF files are the best versions to submit the manifesto to us.

 

27. Manifestos and physical marketing materials are required to be bilingual with equal prominence given to Welsh and English. This includes: Posters, leaflets, badges, stickers, T-shirts (this list is not exhaustive).

The Students’ Union will translate all manifesto and publicity text submitted alongside your nomination form. Prominence is given towards the translation of manifestos, however where ever possible the Union will supply a translation service for wording that needs to go on marketing materials. It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure that all materials are bilingual at all times.

If you have additional translation request please send them to election@uwtsd.ac.uk

 

28. Social Media is viewed as a responsive conversation and therefore does not have to be completely bilingual. However candidates have to provide the introduction/bio to any campaign profile or group on social media in Welsh and English.

 

Election Publicity & Campaigning

29. Each candidate will be supplied with;

a. 100 A3 sheets worth of printed publicity (no more than 2 designs / sizes)

b. 200 A5 manifestos in total of one design.

 

30. Printing has to be done by Students’ Union staff, and you may not purchase extra paper or produce your own publicity.

 

Count and Announcement

31. The count shall be supervised by the Returning Officer or their nominee.

 

32. The results of Union voting will only come into effect once the Returning Officer has certified that the result is the accurate outcome of a free and fair democratic procedure.

 

33. The results will be posted on the Union website within 24 hours of the count, and may be announced to students using another method as decided by the Returning Officer.

 

Complaints and appeals

34. All complaints made about candidates, campaigners, election officials or the voting process should be submitted in writing to election@uwtsd.ac.uk. Only complaints submitted in writing will be considered. The complaint must highlight the election rule that has been broken, provide evidence of the breach and suggest a reasonable course of action to be taken.

 

35. The DRO or their nominated deputy will investigate complaints and refer matters to the RO for decision.

 

36. In the first instance, the Deputy Returning Officer will consider a complaint and make a ruling within 24 hours. If it is a deemed to be a serious matter the Deputy Returning Officer may refer it immediately to the Returning Officer for consideration.

 

37. Complaints regarding the conduct of the Deputy Returning Officer should be made in writing directly to the Returning Officer.

 

38. Complaints have to be submitted by the beginning of the election count. Only complaints about the process of the count itself will be considered once the count has started, which must be submitted within 24 hours of the results being declared.

 

39. The sanctions available to the Deputy Returning Officer are:

i) Warning a candidate of their future conduct.

ii) Taking steps to level the playing field to right an election regulation breech.

iii) Fining a candidate through either reducing the amount of money they may spend, or by confiscating printed publicity material.

iv) Prohibiting a candidate and their campaigners from campaigning for a period of time (up to 24 hours).

v) Banning a campaigner from the rest of the campaign (where the campaigner is not the candidate).

 

40. In addition to all of the above sanctions, the following are available to the Returning Officer:

i) Suspending a candidate from the election pending an investigation.

ii) Suspending the election process pending an investigation.

iii) Recommending to the elections committee, and to the University, that a candidate be disqualified.

iv) Recommending to the elections committee, and to the University, that the election be re-run or a vote annulled.

 

41. Candidates may appeal against decisions made by the Returning Officer and their Deputy by submitting their appeal in writing, within 24 hours of the decision being made, following the appeal procedure detailed below:

i) First stage appeal is heard by the Returning Officer; if the candidate remains dissatisfied then,

ii) Second stage appeal is to the Trustee Board Nominations, Appointments and Audit Committee who will hear the case put forward by the candidate and the case put forward for imposing sanctions by the Returning Officer, or their nominated Deputy.

iii) Final stage appeal is to the University Deputy Vice-Chancellor, or their nominated deputy.

 

 

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