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The MSU Elections Department works to ensure that all elections held within the MSU are run in a fair and transparent manner.  All elections held by the MSU use a secure online voting platform, called SimplyVoting.  Visit SimplyVoting at any time and login with your MacID to see available elections. Check often, as in addition to the elections of the MSU president and SRA members, many clubs and faculty societies utilize the election services of the MSU to host their own elections.

Expandable List

Any MSU member (an undergraduate student enrolled in 18 units or more) may run for the election of a Vice Presidential position or for the role of Speaker.

Elections are held by the Student Representative Assembly in April. For the 2021-2022 school year, the elections of Vice Presidents and the Speaker will be held over two days: April 10 and April 11. Interested candidates need only make their presence known at this first meeting if you wish to be considered. Please be advised that while nominations are open until the elections occur, the SRA has adopted parameters to govern how the election will be run. That information is available here.

Together with the MSU President, the Vice President’s Administration, Finance, and Education comprise the MSU Board of Directors (BoD). The BoD has vast responsibilities within the organization and to the undergraduate students of McMaster University. Together, this team of four individuals are employed for a year-long term, governing the daily operations of the McMaster Students Union.

The MSU Speaker is responsible for presiding over meetings of the SRA and meetings of the General Assembly, ensuring that they run smoothly according to constitutional procedures in a fair and equitable manner.

To apply for any of these positions, you do not need to form a team or run a campaign. Those interested in any of the positions should email the Daniela Stajcer, Executive Assistant via assistant@msu.mcmaster.ca and provide the following:

  • Full Name
  • Student Number
  • Clear indication of the position you are seeking
  • (Optional) additional documentation a candidate wishes to have posted / circulated to the SRA in advance of the election (please submit documents in .docx format)

Nominations can be accepted until April 10, 2021 at 9am – but it is recommended to contact Daniela by April 6 at noon (EST) to coordinate the distribution of any additional content candidates want circulated to Assembly members in advance of the elections. After April 6, candidates will be responsible for circulating their content to Assembly members.

Candidates will be nominated for the position at the beginning of the SRA meeting on April 10. The election process gives each candidate the opportunity to speak to their qualifications and ideas and then Assembly members will have the ability to question the nominees.

To learn more about the specific responsibilities of each role, please consult Bylaw 4 – Officers. In addition, the current Vice Presidents of the MSU are offering job shadowing availability and as well as consultation availability to student interested in learning more about the roles. Click here to schedule an appointment.

The 2021 Student Representative Assembly General Election is currently underway!

Important Updates

  • General Elections are occurring for SRA Health Sciences and SRA Science.
  • 14 candidates were acclaimed to seats on their respective SRA caucuses.
  • The original nomination period has been extended allowing for students to submit nominations for any remaining open seats, please see the SRA General Elections tab for more details
  • The results of SRA General Elections will be uploaded here for students to view

SRA Health Sciences Candidates

Currently running in the election for the 2 seats on SRA Health Sciences are:

Annie Li

Roses are red, violets are blue, I can make your voice heard to the MSU! My name is Annie and I’m running to be your SRA representative. My platform primarily consists of CREATING meaningful solutions that address mental health and student wellness, CONTINUING the amazing work of previous SRA reps, and COMMUNICATING all of these actions transparently to the student body. Feel free to refer to my social media or website to learn more!

William Pereira & Diya Ahmad

Running for SRA while leading into another uncertain year means we will be tasked with answering many unanticipated questions. While drafting our campaign, we reflected on this year’s challenges and the need to adapt to the inevitable challenges of the future. We plan on answering this question with your input by establishing greater accessibility to SRA and maintaining constant dedication to advocate for issues that affect all of us as students, individuals, and community members.

Olsen Chan & Yun-Yi Cui

Hi Wolfpack! We’re Olsen and Yunyi, two second-year students who are hoping to give back to the BHSc community for being a source of continued support and inspiration. We want to improve your student experience by focusing our platform on the following pillars: Inclusivity & Equity, Transparency, Student Wellness, Integration with the BHSS, and COVID-19 Adaptations. We’re incredibly excited to share our campaign with you! Want us to stay? Vote Olsen and Yunyi for SRA!

 SRA Science Candidates

Currently running in the election for the seven seats on SRA Science are:

Kaitlyn Fleming

As you student representative for the faculty of science, I promise to make sure your voices are being heard. I am very accessible and easy to get a hold of, so you will always know where to find me. I will listen to your issues and do my best to find an effective solution.

Abhilasha Kaur

Hello! My name is Abhilasha Kaur and I am in my third year of Human Behaviour. I am running to be your SRA representative, to find out why, head on over to my Instagram.

Fahad Sami

Jessica Chen

Hey everyone! My name is Jessica Chen and I’m running for the Science rep on the SRA. Through hard work and innovation, I plan on enriching student life at McMaster by focusing on strengthening our community and advocating for student rights. I am here to amplify your voices to catalyze change both on and off campus. Make sure to check out my Instagram @jess4srascience for more details about my campaign goals!

  • Email: chenj437@mcmaster.ca
  • Website: jessicachen.wixsite.com/jessicachen
  • Instagrams: @jess4srascience & @jessicachen

Aiman Dhiloon & Michelle Song

Hey MacSci! Your voices matter – that’s why you deserve a team that puts you first, values your opinions and makes the changes you want to see. As chair of First Year Council, I have plenty of experience reporting to and collaborating with the SRA regarding student concerns. From directing startups to being employed by law firms, I’m an experienced leader who’s always willing to listen. YOUR voices, YOUR choices – vote Aiman & Michelle!

Nima Behravan

Hey everyone! My name is Nima Behravan and I’m running to become an SRA student representative! My ambition is to be your voice; to prioritize your concerns and needs. I hope to create an environment wherein you excel in your academic performances, an environment full of beneficial opportunities and services. I promise to put your best interests in the forefront of all my decisions. Vote Nima for a fairer, more inclusive, and happier McMaster!

Nicole Agaiby

Student governments can oftentimes feel inaccessible and very confusing. That’s why my main goal is to increase the connectivity between student bodies and studies. This means prioritizing student needs and concerns within the faculty of science and across the entire student space. I value transparency, inclusion and belonging. The Research Match Program is a project that I will implement as SRA science to facilitate research opportunities for undergraduate science students! Find me on Instagram @nicole4srascience

Fiona He

Hey everyone! My name is Fiona and I’m running for SRA Science because I know I’m extremely passionate about advocating for real change for all McMaster science students. My platform points include: 1) further advocating and expanding career mentorship opportunities, 2) increasing transparency of faculty fund allocations, 3) promoting accessibility to mental health resources and 4) highlighting the diversity of BIPOC science students within the curriculum. Follow my journey on instagram/facebook to support me!

  • Email: hef10@mcmaster.ca
  • Facebook: Fiona He for SRA Science 2021-2022
  • Instagram: @fionahe2021

Sophie Krokhine

I’m a first year Life Sciences student hoping to improve the student experience at McMaster, especially in the faculty of Science. I have experience working on the University Affairs committee, being an executive of several clubs, and doing research with McMaster faculty. On the SRA, I will work to increase accessibility of mental health services and make sure students feel safe and supported, whether at home or on campus.

Acclamations

The 14 candidates acclaimed to seats on their respective SRA caucuses are:

 

Name SRA Caucus
Vikita Mehta Arts and Science
Charlie Violin Kinesiology
Aisha Baig Kinesiology
Nerij Sharia Humanities
Maryam Sheikh Humanities
Sarphina Chui Humanities
Henry Laing Business
Ryan Matsuba Business
Hafsa Sajid Business
Kristen Choi Social Sciences
Iza Mabanza Social Sciences
Sainan Chelvarajah Engineering
Joseph Fraser McCauley Engineering
Yue Tan Engineering

The Student Representative Assembly (SRA), the governing body of the MSU, is composed of 35 undergraduate students elected by their peers, inside each academic faculty. Together, they work to provide the best possible MSU services and departments, represent and address the concerns of undergraduate students, and lobby the University to improve McMaster’s academic quality. The MSU exists to represent you and to help build a better community for all students.

Nominations for the 2021 SRA General Election have been extended for the following Caucuses:

  • Social Sciences (1 Seat)
  • Engineering (4 Seats)

To be nominated, please read over each document carefully and return the completed Nomination Form to the Elections Department (via email elections@msu.mcmaster.ca) by March 15 at 5:00 pm (EST). If elected, there will be a mandatory training session held on March 20 and March 27, please ensure you remain available on these days.

You can pay your deposit here!

Important Dates:

Extended Nominations timeline:

  • Nomination Period: March 8, 2021 – March 15, 2021
  • All Candidates Meeting: March 15, 2021
  • Campaigning Period: March 17, 2021 – March 25, 2021
  • Polling Date(s): March 24, 2021 – March 25, 2021

Original Timeline:

Proclamation — February 5, 2021
Nomination Period — February 5, 2021 – March 1, 2021
All Candidates Meeting — March 1, 2021
Campaigning Period — March 3, 2021 – March 11, 2021
Polling Date(s) — March 10, 2021 – March 11, 2021

SRA General Election Forms (extended nominations period / timeline)

SRA General Election Nomination Form – due via email by 5:00 pm (EST) on March 15, 2021
SRA General Election Social Media Form – due via email by 5:00 pm (EST) on March 16, 2021
SRA General Election Expense Sheet – due via email by 12:00 pm (EST) on March 24, 2021
SRA General Election Complaint Form – due via email by 5:00 pm (EST) on March 25, 2021
SRA General Election Technical Complaint Form – due via email by 4:30pm (EST) on March 25, 2021

SRA General Election Rules 2021
SRA General Election Rules 2021 – Appendix A (Social Media Guidelines)
SRA General Election Rules 2021 – Appendix B (COVID-19 Guidelines)
Bylaw 7 – Elections
Bylaw 7A – Electoral Procedures

SRA General Election Documents (original nomination period / timeline):

SRA Nomination Form – due via email by 5:00pm (EST) on March 1, 2021
Social Media Information Form – due via email by 5:00pm (EST) on March 2, 2021
Expense Sheet – due via email by 12:00pm (EST) on March 10, 2021
Complaint Form – due via email by 5:00pm (EST) on March 11, 2021
Technical Complaint Form – due via email by 4:30pm (EST) on March 11, 2021 (

SRA General Election Rules 2021
SRA General Election Rules 2021 – Appendix A (Social Media Guidelines)
SRA General Election Rules 2021 – Appendix B (COVID-19 Guidelines)
Bylaw 7 – Elections
Bylaw 7A – Electoral Procedures

 

To find documents visit here

The nomination period for the 2021 McMaster Students Union presidential election ended on Thursday, January 21. The Elections Department received one nomination and Denver Della-Vedova has been acclaimed. As per Bylaw 7/A — Electoral Procedures section 3.3.1: “If the number of valid nomination forms submitted is fewer than or equal to the number of available positions, the Chief Returning Officer shall declare all nominees duly elected by acclamation.” Therefore, Denver Della-Vedova is now President-elect of the MSU. Denver will begin the process of transition into the role immediately. The term of office for the MSU President begins on May 1, 2021.

To learn more about Denver, read his platform, visit his campaign Facebook page, follow his campaign Instagram feed, or email him via dellavedova2021@gmail.com

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The MSU President is elected annually by the MSU membership as outlined by the procedures in the MSU Constitution and Bylaw 10. The elected candidate will hold office from May 1st to April 30th. The President may carry a course load of not more than three (3) units per academic term. This course load restriction may be waived by a two-thirds majority vote of the SRA.

The President is to serve as the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Spokesperson for the McMaster Students Union and be a voting member of the SRA, the Executive Board, and an ex-officio member of all other MSU committees. As well, the President will chair the Executive Board, Board of Directors and the Presidents’ Council. Furthermore, the President will represent the MSU to the University Administration, Hamilton community as well as local, provincial, and national governments and organizations.

To be nominated, please read over each document carefully and return the completed Nomination Form to the Elections Department (via email) by January 21, 2021 at 5pm.

The Expense Declaration Sheet must be completed in full and handed in by February 3, 2021 at 12pm.

Important Dates:

Proclamation — December 2, 2020
Nomination Period — December 2, 2020 – January 21, 2021
All Candidates Meeting — January 21, 2021
Campaigning Period — January 24, 2021 – February 4, 2021
Polling Date(s) — February 2, 2021 – February 4, 2021

Nomination Package Documents:

Please Note: The presidential nomination and election process was extended by one week from it’s previous timeline. The documents below may include previously defined deadlines. Please refer to the timeline above label “important dates” for current timelines and deadlines.

 

The SRA By-Elections take place several times throughout the year if spots on the SRA become available. As such, these elections are run as needed to ensure that each caucus is fully filled. The next election will be in January 2021,  two seats are open in the Engineering caucus and one seat in the Social Sciences caucus.

Nominations are now open! To be nominated, please read over each document carefully and return the completed Nomination Package to the Elections Department (via email) by January 15 at 5 PM.

Important Dates:

Proclamation — January 11, 2021
Nomination Period — January 11, 2021 – January 15, 2021
All Candidates Meeting — January 15, 2021
Campaigning Period — January 18, 2021 – January 21, 2021
Polling Date(s) — January 21, 2021

MSU First Year Council (FYC) is the unique representative body for McMaster first year students that serves to inform and speak for their distinctive needs and concerns. The council represents both current and future first year McMaster students, and ensures that their issues and interests are addressed by acting as a voice, and as a guiding body.

First Year Council Positions:

Chair — The primary spokesperson, liaison and advocate for the MSU First Year Council. This person will maintain relationships with other student/university organizations and oversee all FYC meetings. This person is responsible for reporting on the First Year Council to the SRA.

Vice-Chair (Internal) — acts as spokesperson for the organization and liaison between the First Year Council and the Residence Advisory Council. This individual will act as a primary lead on advocacy related to the living conditions and the students experience of first year students living on McMaster campus.

Vice-Chair (External) — acts as spokesperson for the organization and liaison between the First Year Council and the Faculty Society first year representatives.This individual will act as a primary lead on advocacy related to issues with respect to academic and off campus student experiences perspectives.

Vice-Chair (Events) —acts as a spokesperson for the organization and is the primary planner for events planned by the council. This Vice-Chair (Events) will work with MSU Spark, the MSU Maroons, MSU Campus Events and Residence Life to raise first year spirit within the school and improve the student experience at McMaster University.

Residence Chairs — will act as advocates for students in residence at McMaster University. They will be elected among their peers within their residence and will serve on a variety of Residence Life consultation committees. Further, residence chairs will be responsible for collecting feedback on the perspective of students in residence and running events within their particular building.

There are 13 positions available; one representative for each residence on campus as follows:

  • Bates Chair
  • Brandon Chair
  • Edwards Chair
  • Hedden Chair
  • Les Prince Chair
  • Mary E. Keyes Chair
  • Matthews Chair
  • McKay Chair
  • Moulton Chair
  • Peter George Chair
  • Wallingford Chair
  • Whidden Chair
  • Woodstock Chair

Are you interested in running for a position in the MSU but have no clue where to start? Start by following the steps below:

Step One: Nominate Yourself

This is the easiest step. Once the nomination period opens for your election, just download the nomination form respective to the election you are running in from the MSU Elections website and fill out the required information. Once complete, submit it to MSU Elections through email by sending it to elections@msu.mcmaster.ca before the nomination period ends.

In previous years, you would be required to obtain 15 signatures from your voting pool (e.g., first-year MSU members for FYC, any MSU member for SRA Science, etc.), however, this is not required for current elections. At the beginning of this academic year, the SRA waived Section 3 of Bylaw 7A that outlined students were required to obtain the signatures of 15 MSU members within their faculty/year to submit a nomination form because of the various issues the current COVID-19 Pandemic provides.

Step Two: Read the Rules

Part of your nomination package will be the rules for your election that you (and your campaign team if you have one) have to follow as a candidate. A very important part of these rules is that you cannot campaign before the start of the campaign period. If you break the rules you could be fined so make sure you know them!

Step Two-and-a-Half: Assemble a Campaign Team

This is a half-step because not everyone uses or needs a campaign team. Most often candidates assemble them to help them out during the Presidential Election. This election can involve a lot of effort from the candidate to try to reach all MSU members, so a campaign team can be an invaluable resource. If you wish to assemble one, make sure that you register your campaign team members with the Elections Department, that your team knows the rules just as well as you do, and that no one campaigns before the campaign period!

Step Three: Attend the All-Candidates Meeting

This meeting happens the evening each nomination period closes and is where you will get information about your election, can meet your fellow candidates, and can ask any questions you have to the Chief and Deputy Returning Officers. (You might even find out that you’ve been acclaimed!)

Step Four: Campaign

There are many ways that you can campaign. The most common methods include posting posters, talking to classes, making a Facebook page, and talking to people around campus. You can also get creative with campaigning, just make sure you’re always following the rules!

Step Five: Get the Results

At the end of polling for an election, the Elections Committee will meet to discuss complaints against all of the candidates and to levy fines if they so decide, before anyone has found out the results. At the conclusion of the fines meeting the Elections Committee will view the results, the MSU will publicize them, and you will be notified of any fines that you have.

Step Five-and-a-Half: Appeal Your Fines

If you wish to fight your fine(s), you can submit an appeal to the Elections Department following the election and then make your case to the Elections Committee at their appeals meeting. If they decide not to accept your appeal, you have one more opportunity to appeal and that is to the Electoral Appeal Board.

Step Six: Relax

Whether or not you are successful, you deserve a break! And keep an eye out for the next MSU election around the corner.

Tips & Insight

Former MSU President, Mary Koziol created a guide on running in MSU elections, focusing on presidentials. This guide includes Mary’s insight as well as insight from other students who have participated in elections. Please click on the link below to view her handy guidebook on Issuu.

All elections held by the MSU use a secure online voting platform, called SimplyVoting.  Visit SimplyVoting at any time and login with your MacID to see available elections.

Check often, as in addition to the elections of the MSU president and SRA members, many clubs and faculty societies utilize the election services of the MSU to host their own elections.

For detailed instructions including screen walkthroughs, please download the guidebook below:

MSU Elections- How to Vote Guidebook

The MSU Elections Department can hold online elections on behalf on faculty/program societies or student groups,  using our Simply Voting platform. If you would like support in hosting and facilitating an election, please click this link and complete the request form.

SRA General Election Results:

Go to this Sway

 

Congratulations to the following, for winning their seats on the Student Representative Assembly:Health Sciences (2 seats)
Olsen Chan
William PereiraScience (7 seats)
Nicole Agaiby
Nima Behravan
Jessica Chen
Aiman Dhiloon
Fiona He
Kaitlyn Fleming
Michelle Song
You can find the full results here

2021 MSU Presidential Election Results:

Go to this Sway

 

TEST SWAY:FYC Results