2017 GSA General Election

Every year, graduate students at the University of Alberta cast votes to elect fellow gradate students to five (5) Directly-Elected Officer positions - President, Vice-President Academic, Vice-President External, Vice-President Labour, and Vice-President Student Services. The Directly-Elected Officers represent graduate students on committees and councils across campus and to all levels of government. Graduate students also elect ten (10) Councillors-at-Large, who sit on GSA Council and represent all University of Alberta graduate students. Click here for information on each of these positions.

Click here to see the Results of the 2017 GSA General Election.

Click here for a list of candidates for Directly-Elected Officer and Councillor-at-Large Positions in the 2017 GSA General Election.



2017 U-Pass Referendum

U-Pass is the student group discount program that provides students with unlimited public transit offered by Edmonton, Strathcona County, St Albert, Fort Saskatchewan, Leduc, and Spruce Grove. It has been in place for many years now and the current agreement comes to an end at the end of the summer term 2017. The continuation of the U-Pass program has to be voted on by all graduate students through a referendum. The 2017 U-Pass Referendum ran concurrently with the GSA General Election. Click here for more information about the 2017 U-Pass Referendum, including the question on which graduate students voted. 

Following the release of the provisional results in the 2017 U-Pass Referendum on March 2, 2017, please find below the official results of the 2017 U-Pass Referendum:

Yes

1352

No

131


Result
: Continuation of the U-Pass was approved in the 2017 GSA U-Pass Referendum.

More information on U-Pass is available on the UofA website: www.upass.ualberta.ca.


2017 GSA General Election and U-Pass Referendum
Voting Opens February 28, 2017 at 10:00 AM (MST)

2017 GSA General Election Timeline and U-Pass Referendum Timeline

The 2017 GSA General Election Timeline and U-Pass Referendum Timeline were approved by the Chief Returning Officer (CRO) in consultation with the GSA Elections and Referenda Committee. These timelines have been developed in accord with GSA Bylaw and Policy, Section I: Elections and Section J: Referenda, which can be found here.

Date

Topic/GSA Policy

Tuesday, January 31, 2017


Nominations Open

  • Nomination forms will be available at the GSA office.
  • Nomination period will last fourteen (14) days from January 31 to February 14.

Registrations for a ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ Campaign Open (the referendum will proceed regardless of whether a ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ Campaign is registered)

  • Registration forms will be available at the GSA office.
  • Registration period will last fourteen (14) days from January 31 to February 14.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 1:00 PM (MST) 

Nominations Close

  • Nomination forms will be verified and signed by the CRO or the Deputy Chief Returning Officer (DRO) and an electronic signed copy will be emailed to the Candidate.
  • Late or incomplete nomination forms will not be accepted.
  • Once the CRO verifies a nomination form, Candidates will be listed on the GSA website and will be invited to submit a bio/resume and photo to be posted on the GSA website. 

Registrations Close

  • Registration forms for a ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ campaign will be verified and signed by the CRO or the DRO and an electronic signed copy will be emailed to the Campaign Representative.
  • Late or incomplete registration forms will not be accepted.
 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 2:00 PM (MST)

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MANDATORY MEETING FOR ALL CANDIDATES

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 2:00 PM (MST)

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MANDATORY MEETING FOR ALL CAMPAIGN REPRESENTATIVES OR DELEGATES

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All-Candidates’ Meeting

  • As per GSA Policy, attendance at the All-Candidates’ Meeting is mandatory.
  • Failure to attend without adequate prior notification of at least one (1) hour to the CRO is grounds for disqualification.
  • GSA staff will be present to scribe the All-Candidates’ Meeting and, shortly after the meeting, notes will be distributed to all Candidates.
  • This meeting is held jointly with the Meeting of the Campaign Representatives.



Meeting of the Campaign Representatives

  • As per GSA Policy, attendance at the Meeting of the Campaign Representatives is mandatory.
  • Failure to attend without adequate prior notification of at least one (1) hour to the CRO is grounds for disqualification.
  • GSA staff will be present to scribe the Meeting of the Campaign Representatives and, shortly after the meeting, notes will be distributed to all Campaign Representatives.
  • This meeting is held jointly with the All-Candidates’ Meeting.
 
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 12:00 AM (MST)

General Election Campaigning Begins

  • As per GSA Policy, the campaign period will begin no earlier than the day following the All-Candidates’ Meeting.
  • The campaign period will last sixteen (16) days from February 15 to March 2, 2017 this includes the two (2) day voting period.

Referendum Campaigning Begins

  • As per GSA Policy, the campaign period will begin no earlier than the day following the Meeting of Campaign Representatives.
  • The campaign period will last sixteen (16) days from February 15 to March 2, 2017 this includes the two (2) day voting period.
Wednesday and Thursday, February 15 and 16, 2017

Filming Videos for Directly-Elected Officer (DEO) Candidates

  • Video sessions will be scheduled at the All-Candidates’ Meeting.
  • DEO Candidates are given the opportunity to participate in a campaign video, answering a series of pre-determined and spontaneous questions.
  • Videos will be posted on the GSA website as soon as all filming is completed.

Tuesday to Friday, February 20 to February 24, 2017


READING WEEK

Monday, February 27, 2017 at 12:00 PM (MST)

*Lunch will be provided*


GSA General Election Forum

  • A forum will be hosted for all Candidates.
  • Lunch will be provided at 12:00 PM and the forum will start shortly thereafter.
  • Candidates are asked to arrive at 11:30 AM to meet with the moderator and CRO in advance of the forum.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 10:00 AM (MST)

General Election Voting Opens

  • The voting will last forty-eight (48) hours from 10 AM on February 28 to 10 AM on March 2.
  • Campaigning is allowed during the voting period.

Referendum Voting Opens

  • The voting will last forty-eight (48) hours from 10 AM on February 28 to 10 AM on March 2.
  • Campaigning is allowed during the voting period.

Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 10:00 AM (MST)

General Election Campaigning and Voting Close

  • Following the campaign period, Candidates will be asked to submit to the CRO a report of all campaign-related expenses and associated receipts.

Referendum Campaigning and Voting Close

  • Following the campaign period, Campaign Representatives will be asked to submit to the CRO a report of all campaign-related expenses and associated receipts.

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - Tentative


Deadline to Lodge a Complaint off an Alleged Breach with the CRO

  • This deadline is twenty-four (24) hours after the announcement of provisional results.

Friday, March 3, 2017 - Tentative 



Announcement of Official Results

  • Official results will be announced once the deadline to lodge a complaint of an alleged breach has passed and all processes associated with complaints of alleged breaches have been exhausted.



Past GSA General Elections and GSA Referenda

The results of previous GSA General Elections and GSA Referenda are available in the GSA Elections and Referenda Archive.

A record of GSA Chief Returning Officer and GSA Speaker decisions and appeal decisions are also available in the GSA Elections and Referenda Archive.



If you have any questions, please contact the GSA Chief Returning Officer at: gsa.elections@ualberta.ca