ELECTIONS

2019/20 Full-Time Nominations Close in:

2019/02/21 17:00:00

2019 Elections

Voting Schedule

**ELECTIONS 2019**

The three full-time officers – the President, the Vice-President / Education Officer and the Vice-President / Welfare and Equality Officer – will all be elected on Thursday the 7th of March 2019. Nominations for these positions will open at 10am on Thursday the 14th of February 2019. Nominations will close at 5pm on Thursday 21st February 2019 at which point completed nomination forms must be returned to the box in the SU Office. READ THE FULL TIME OFFICER ELECTION RESULTS HERE

The part-time officer positions of – Oifigeach na Gaeilge,  Societies’ Chairperson, Postgraduate Taught Officer, Postgraduate Research Officer, Clubs’ Captain, 5 College Convenors, Mature Students’ Officer, International Students Officer, Gender and LGBT+ Rights Officer, Disability Rights Officer, Ethnic Minorities Officer – will all be elected on Thursday 14th of March 2019. Nominations for these positions will open at 10am on Thursday the 21st  of February 2019. Nominations will close at 5pm on Thursday 28th of February 2019 at which point completed nomination forms must be returned to the box in the SU Office.

The SU Council Chairperson will be elected at the last SU Council meeting of the year at 6pm in on Monday 25th of March 2019. Please note that only registered Class Reps can run for, nominate and vote in this election. Nominations will open at 10am on Monday 11th of March 2019. Nominations will close at 5pm on Tuesday 19th of March 2019 at which point completed nomination forms must be returned to the box in the SU Office.

We have a number of part time officer positions left to fill and nominations open 10am Thurs 14th of March:

  1. Postgraduate Taught Officer
  2. Postgraduate Research Officer
  3. International Students Officer
  4. Ethnic Minorities Officer

Nominations close 5pm Thurs 21st of March (nomination forms must be returned to the box in the SU Office). The Election will take place on Thurs 28th March.

You can pick up a nomination form from the Students’ Union Office or click on the links below: 

Nomination Form – Council Chair 2019

Nomination Form – Pgrad Research, Pgrad Taught, Ethnic Minorities & International: Last 4 Part-Time Officers Nomination Form

Your full guide to running for SU Elections in 2019 is available HERE.

Recommend a Friend or Register Your Interest in Running.

Important Dates

Full Time Positions

Full Time Officer Nominations Open: 10am Thursday 14th February 2019

Full Time Officer Nominations Close: 5pm Thursday 21st February 2019

Full Time Officer Campaigning Begins: 6pm Sunday 3rd March 2019

Full Time Officer Election Day: 10am-8pm Thursday 7th March 2019

Part Time Positions

Part Time Officer Nominations Open: 10am Thursday 21st February 2019

Part Time Officer Nominations Close: 5pm Thursday 28th February 2019

Part Time Officer Campaigning Begins: 6pm Sunday 10th March 2019

Part Time Officer Election Day: 10am-8pm Thursday 14th March 2019

As per The Students’ Union Constitution all members of the Executive Committee shall be elected by and from the full members of the Union in accordance with Schedule 1. The procedure for all other elections shall be determined by the Elections Committee.Every year as a member of the Students Union you choose who you want to run your Union by electing the Executive Committee for the following year. The term of office for the elected Officers of the Union runs from the 1st of July until the 30th of June.

Why Vote?

Voting gives you a direct say in how your Union is run, how your issues are dealt with and how your money gets spent. It’s important to pick the people you want as it’s the Union who will be representing your views to the Universtiy and on a local,regional and national level. Your vote is your voice so speak up!

When do I vote?

The full-time officers – the President, the Vice-President/Education Officer and the Vice-President/Welfare and Equality Officer – will all be elected on Thursday the 7th of March 2019. Nominations for these positions are will open on Thursday 21st February 2019.

The part-time officer positions of – Oifigeach na Gaeilge, Societies’ Chairperson, Postgraduate Research Officer, Postgraduate Taught Officer, Clubs’ Captain, 5 College Convenors, Mature Students’ Officer, International Students Officer, Gender and LGBT+ Rights Officer, Disability Rights Officer, Ethnic Minorities Officer  – will all be elected on Thursday 14th March 2019. Nominations for these positions are open 10am Thurs 28th February 2019.

The SU Council Chairperson will be elected at the last SU Council meeting of the year at 6pm on Monday 25th of March 2019. Please note that only registered Class Reps can run for, nominate and vote in this election.

How to Vote?

  • Come along to the advertised Polling Stations on the Concourse (old Print That Shop) (10am-8pm), Áras na Mac Léinn (11am-8pm), the Engineering Building (12pm-5pm)  or Vote Online (10am-8pm) if you have registered for a Remote Vote.
  • Bring your NUI Galway Student Card
  • You will be given a ballot paper and pen
  • Fill out the ballot paper listing your candidates in order of preference…remember you don’t have to vote for more than 1 person
  • You must then fold your ballot paper to conceal your vote and place it in the sealed ballot box
  • You can only vote once!

For the elections of Clubs’ Captain and Societies’ Chairperson on polling day it is strictly one vote per club for Clubs’ Captain and one vote per society for Societies’ Chairperson. Only Club Captains and Society Auditors (or their proxy) may vote and they can only vote in the Concourse polling station 10am-8pm. There is no Remote Vote for these positions.

Remote Vote

Remote Vote is a facility to allow students to vote online. It’s particularly useful for students on satellite campuses and students on work placement, but it’s available to any student. The system is accessed via the Students’ Union website and is easy to use, secure and confidential. Students simply log in using their campus account. The only requirement is students must register to use Remote Vote before the Election Day.

Remote Vote deadlines 2019:

Full Time Elections  register before midnight Wednesday 6th March 2019 on the SU Website & Vote online 10am-8pm Thursday 7th March 2019.

Part Time Officer Elections register before midnight Wednesday 13th March 2019 on the SU Website & Vote online 10am-8pm Thursday 14th March 2019. (Please note Remote Vote not available for Clubs & Socs Positions – Captains/Auditors should contact the SU about using proxy for their vote)

You must register separately for each of the voting days.

How do I run for Election?

To be eligible to run in this election, candidates must be members of NUI Galway Students’ Union. All registered students of NUI Galway, on payment of the student levy are members of the Students’ Union. You need to be nominated by 20 members of the Students’ Union i.e. registered students.

Nomination Forms

Nomination forms shall be made available from the Students’ Union office and the Students’ Union website once nominations have been opened. Completed nomination forms must be returned to the Students’ Union election nomination box in Áras na Mac Léinn by the appointed date and time. Late nominations will not be accepted under any circumstance.

 

 

Elections Committee

The Elections Committee comprises of the President, the Vice-Presidents and the Returning Officer appointed under Schedule I. The duties of this committee are to oversee the running of all Union elections and to decide on any matters relating to such which are not specifically covered in this constitution and its schedules. If a member of the committee is running for re-election, they must resign their position on the Elections Committee. The Executive Committee shall nominate one of their number as a replacement. The Elections Committee must also provide a list of rules and regulations for candidates before campaigning begins.

 

 

 

 

Regulations

Election regulations are outlined in the Students’ Union Constitution, Schedule 1

Schedule 1 (Elections)

Queries?

If you have any queries about the regulations or running of the elections, please email elections@su.nuigalway.ie