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On the election page you will see the election link. Here you can see both Position & Candidate Lists, when ready click on the Candidate List.
You will see all eligible positions you can vote for and the candidates for each one. Follow each candidates' manifesto link to learn more about their campaign.
Don't forget, some positions are limited to voters who fit into that demographic - find out more in the bye laws.
Click on vote when you have made your decision and are ready to cast your vote.
Once you click on vote at the top, the bottom screen will appear and show you the individual roles you are eligible to vote for.
You need to click on each of the roles separately and vote for them individually.
Upon clicking on a role, you will see all the candidates running for that position. As we use a Single Transferable Voting system, you need to click on the candidates in the order you wish them to win, with the first candidate you click on being the one you want to win and so forth.
Once you click on candidates, they will appear in the order you select them on the right hand side. You can click abstain if you do not wish to vote for any of the candidates running for a particular role.
Once happy with your order, you click cast vote to officialise it.
Once you click cast vote, you will get a final confirmation notification.
Congratulations! Your vote has been officially cast.
If there are other positions you are eligible to vote for, simply click on the position and repeat the process.
As a democratic organisation, uea(su) is led by students, for students. This means that all key decisions in the organisation are made by students directly elected by the student body. This February, we’re running elections for full-time officer positions and a range of part-time officer positions. The elected officer team are your voice to the University. They represent students across a range of issues and make real changes to improve student experience and community at UEA.
This election is an opportunity to get your voice heard and make an impact on what matters to you at University. The roles available represent specific student groups – for example, LGBT+ students and mature students. Students from these groups will be voting in these elections for their next representative!
Any student can nominate themselves for a full-time position. These roles are paid roles, and will work full-time for uea(su). The only full-time positions which are reserved are the Undergraduate Education Officer (which is only eligible to undergraduate students) and the Postgraduate Officer (which is only eligible to postgraduate students). All current students are eligible to run for these positions, even if you are in your final year. Students who are not in their final year will be required to take a ‘sabbatical’ year – aka, a year out of your studies, in order to fill the role.
Current UEA students who are continuing their studies during the next academic year (2023/24) can nominate themselves for a part-time role. These roles are voluntary and done alongside your studies. For some part-time roles, you must identify as a member of the group represented by the role, e.g. only students who self-define as black can nominate themselves for the Black Student Officer role. This is the same for voters – e.g. only trans and non-binary students may vote for the role of LGBT+ Officer (Trans and Non-Binary Place). You will need to complete the self-definitions section of the website to be eligible to vote for these roles. You can find more info on how to do this below.
If you have any issues please contact the Student Voice team here. They should be your first point of contact and can direct you onwards. Should a more formal issue arise that represents a breach of the election rules, you may want to submit a complaint. Information about submitting complaints can be found in the election rules.
The first step is submitting your nominations. Nominations will open on the 16th of October and close on the 23rd October. You can nominate yourself via the main elections webpage. You will then need to campaign for students to vote for you. The candidate(s) with the most votes then win the election (more details about this below). Simple.
Look at the Candidate Hub (available once nominations close) for more information about how to run a good campaign! The SU will also be running workshops and training sessions for all candidates, covering topics like how to campaign and how to write a manifesto.
The period of office for all roles will be November 2023 to July 2024.
NUS delegates will only be in post for the duration of the NUS National Conference, which will take place between Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th of April.
It's very simple. Once logged into the ueasu.org website, please go to this page and it will direct you straight to the self-definition page. Click the appropriate box and press update, then return to the elections page and nominate or vote!
A lot of positions are limited to those who define with the portfolio. If you want to nominate yourself for or vote for the Mature Students Officer for example, you'll need to follow this process and self-define as a mature student in order to do so. The same applies for many of the other part-time positions. We'd recommend quickly updating your information before casting any votes, so that you're eligible to vote in all relevant elections.
Due to the vast number of social media platforms it is no longer possible for the Deputy Returning Officer to monitor candidates’ use of social media.
Candidates and their supporters are reminded that offensive or intimidating behaviour, or language, whilst participating in Students’ Union activities (e.g. elections) may be considered misconduct, or gross misconduct and be dealt with under the Students’ Union’s Disciplinary Procedure. We have set out specific social media rules and guidance in the Election Rules.
The University have made it clear with the Students’ Union that extenuating circumstances are only for situations of ‘unforeseen’ circumstances. They do not consider running in an election ‘unforeseen’ and so have a policy of not allowing extenuating circumstances to be claimed on the basis of running in SU elections.
The Returning Officer and Deputy Returning Officer have the responsibility to uphold the Election Regulations. The Deputy Returning Officer is Adam Roche, who will be the person you deal with on a day to day basis, and they will be in contact with the Returning Officer as required. The details for enquiries are as follows:
For questions about regulations, rules, complaints and queries, contact:
Adam Roche (Head of Communities and Programming and Deputy Returning Officer) - Adam.Roche@uea.ac.uk
For questions and queries relating to your welfare and wellbeing as a candidate, contact:
Lindsay Westgarth (Advice Manager) - L.Westgarth@uea.ac.uk
This is a form of proportional representation where a voter has a single vote that is allocated to their most preferred candidate (marked on their ballot as number 1). As the count progresses, candidates are either elected or eliminated until the allocated quota has been met (in most cases, the quota is 50% of the total votes cast +1). That voter's vote then gets transferred to their next stated preferences (marked on their ballot as 2, 3, 4, etc), in proportion to any surplus or discarded voters. This means that each voter genuinely contributes towards the outcome of the overall results without hindering the support given to their first choice of candidate.
It sounds complicated - but that's for us to work out on the night (if you're really keen, click here for more info). As a voter, you just need to rank each candidate in the order of your preference... genuinely as easy as 1,2,3!
You can also check this video out here:
You should list 'Re-open nominations' (RON) as a preference if you feel that the candidates you have not yet listed are not suitable for that position.
Note: Voting for R.O.N is an active vote AGAINST the remaining candidates. To express indifference, choose 'No Further Preference'.
If Re-Open Nominations is elected to any position then nominations for the election will be re-opened at a later date and the election for that position will be held at a later date.
You can continue to rank candidates after voting RON, and your vote will still be transferred to your next choice if RON is eliminated.
Bye-Election - An election held to fill vacant roles that were unfilled in the first election
Bye-Law - The rules of the Union which govern the way we run elections. They also state what candidates can and cannot do during the election period
Campaigning - This is what you do to encourage people to vote for you
Candidates - Once you submit a nomination form you are referred to as a candidate
Election Rules - These are the set of rules which state what candidates can and cannot do when running in the election
FTO - Full-Time Officer
Manifesto - This states what your policies and proposals are and how you would like to take the Union forward. You need to submit this along with your nomination
Nominations - This is the period in which students can declare their interest in running for a position
PTO - Part-Time Officer
Purdah - The period after public announcement of candidates that prevents candidates, re-running officials and the students’ union from taking any action that could be seen as advantageous to any candidate
Returning Officer or RO - This is the person who makes sure the election is run fairly and will deal with any disputes and anyone who breaks the election rules
Sanction - A penalty when a rule or regulation is broken
SU - The Students' Union
Term of Office - This is how long you will be in the position for if you win
UEASU or The Union - (University of East Anglia Students’ Union): Represents students to the University and provides services and activities for students
1. It is important to remember that during the election campaign you continue to be bound by sets of rules that, whilst not strictly election rules, still have a bearing on your conduct.
2. Unacceptable conduct in any of these areas may put a candidacy in jeopardy and all of the above rules are enforceable by the Deputy and Returning Officer as election rules.
1. We expect all candidates to adhere to the following election and campaigning principles:
2. We encourage candidates to treat each other with respect and discourage negative campaigning but ultimately the tone of the election is decided by the candidates.
Candidates should be mindful that challenge and criticism of candidates and their manifestos is a normal part of democracy. However, personal attacks by candidates or their supporters will not be tolerated. A personal attack is defined as any statements that are:
Any inappropriate behaviour will be taken seriously and could have repercussions not only for someone’s candidacy in the election, but could also potentially result in a university disciplinary investigation or action under the uea(su) code of conduct.
In addition, candidates must not:
3. Candidates are responsible the conduct of their Supporters (Campaign Team) during the election.
4. Candidates and their Supporters may only promote, share, alter, move or remove their own campaign materials.
No candidate may use a club/society/academic reps mailing list for campaign purposes without consent. A student group should treat all such requests equally and without favouring any one candidate.
6. The SU’s bye-laws prohibit bullying or intimidating a member into voting for a particular candidate. As a result Candidates and their Supporters must allow voters to cast their ballot freely and must not communicate with voters in any way once they have begun to complete their ballot. If Candidates and their Supporters can see how a voter is expressing preferences and voting, for example, on a digital device such as a laptop or mobile, they are in breach of this rule.
7. Candidates may adopt similar policy stances and use similar publicity materials, such as posters or social media posts to other candidates, however, no candidate shall use publicity to promote another candidate, in the same or another election.
8. In order to ensure adherence to the principles outlined in bye-law 5.9:
9. Candidates and their Supporters are required to pay due attention to health and safety and care for university and SU property whilst campaigning on campus. Any candidate found to be deliberately damaging or defacing property, or causing a hazard to others could potentially be in breach of the election rules and the university’s disciplinary procedures. This includes adhering to any social distancing guidance in place at the time of the election.
All campaigning activity should adhere to our expenses guidelines (see E Campaigning and
Expenditure below) and take place in line with our election principles:
Campaigning can take many forms including but not limited to:
Campaign activity may take place in Union House and around campus, but it must not cause a health and safety risk or disrupt teaching or learning including individual study.
Campaigning may not take place in:
If a candidate wishes to promote their campaign in a lecture, tutorial or other academic space, such as an SSLC, either online or in person, they must request permission of the lead academic. If they agree, they must also allow other candidates running in the same election to do the same, if requested.
Candidates should be mindful if campaigning in accommodation areas that they are in students’ homes. They should not cause a disturbance or a nuisance. Remember this applies to candidates’ supporters as well as the candidates themselves.
It is important to remember that any online campaigning for SU elections is an official part of the election process and governed by the same rules. So any behaviour that would be considered unacceptable at a physical event, is equally as unacceptable in any online campaigning space. All users interacting with the Students’ Union, or a representative of the Students’ Union (including student leaders), should have an expectation of feeling safe.
1. Campaign expenditure is defined as expenditure in pursuit of promoting a candidate for election and can be further defined from time to time by the returning officer.
2. Candidates in all elections have a maximum amount (£40 for Full-Time Officer elections and £25 for Part-Time and NUS Delegates) they can spend on their campaigns once the nomination has been confirmed, which can be reimbursed by the Union upon production of receipts. All expenditure must be accounted for on a form we will provide. Candidates are required to produce receipts of their expenditure by the relevant deadline otherwise they will not have their expenses reimbursed and they may risk being disqualified.
3. Any expenditure must be both that which all candidates have had the reasonable opportunity to carry out, and that which is replicable by all other candidates in a given election.
4. “Labour Costs” are not counted. Hire, materials production and materials or distribution of consumables are counted.
5. Paid advertising is acceptable, for example, paying to boost Facebook posts, and must be recorded and reported in the same way as any other campaign expenditure.
6. Where there is a question as to the extent to which it is reasonable to believe that the use of a tactic or resource was open to all, the deputy returning officer’s decision is final and so advice should be sought first.
Campaigning & Expenditure Principle 1: Reasonable
n determining whether the use of a resource needs to be charged to campaign expenditure, the Returning Officer will use the “reasonable” test. For example, it is reasonable to assume all candidates own a mobile phone, thus the use of your phone for social media activity does not need to be accounted for. It is not reasonable to assume all students have a full scale media studio at home. So anyone using one as a feature of their campaign would have to account for how much it would cost another candidate to replicate this. If in doubt candidates should consult the Deputy Returning Officer first.
Campaigning & Expenditure Principle 2: Replicable
Actions must be replicable by anyone else in the election. For example, if you tell jokes to students in the Hive, anyone else could do the same. But if you won a blimp in an ebay auction for 25p it is not likely that someone else could buy a blimp for 25p.
Election Rules from the Bye-Laws (Bye-Law
Bye-Law 5: Election Regulations Pursuant to the Articles of Association
These are the rules governing the election of Student Officers, Equal Opportunities Officers, Course Representatives, Union Council Representatives and delegates to the NUS National Conference. Rules governing the election of Student Officers and the NUS National Conference Delegates.
5.1 The Returning Officer shall be a suitably qualified person external to the University of East Anglia, appointed by the Board of Trustees of the Union of UEA Students and formally approved by the University Registrar. The Returning Officer shall be ultimately responsible for the election.
5.2 The Returning Officer shall monitor the actions of the Deputy Returning Officer, who shall be appointed by the Student Officer Committee and cannot be an ordinary member of the Union, for each election, and will determine any complaint relating to the conduct of the election where appropriate.
5.3 The Returning Officer, and the Deputy Returning Officer, shall undertake any duties necessary to ensure the fair and proper conduct of the elections.
5.4 The Returning Officer shall publish a list of any election rules or interpretations and the timeline for each election in advance of the election taking place having taken advice from the Deputy Returning Officer and the Democratic Procedures Committee.
5.5 The Returning Officer has executive responsibility for interrupting the election regulations and other bye-laws which may impact on the election. They will not normally have “day-to-day” interaction with candidates however retain powers to intervene in the election alongside acting as the final route of appeal for candidates.
5.6 The Deputy Returning Officer will have the delegated powers from the Returning Officer to issue rulings and warning to those taking part in the election in relation to the election regulations and other bye-laws.
5.7 The Deputy Returning Officer shall be responsible for ensuring there is support and guidance provided to candidates and potential candidates wishing to take part in the elections. The details of this support and guidance should be advertised in advance of the election period.
5.8 During the course of the election period additional support may be called on to ensure elections are well run and administered correctly. The Returning Officer and Deputy Returning Officer have the discretion to introduce other election officials to provide this.
Principles of a Union of UEA Students Election and Rules
5.9 All elections taking place at the Union of UEA Students shall be: fair and open, democratic, accessible and transparent.
5.10 A timetable for the election period will be set out by the Deputy Returning Officer, on advice from the Student Officer Committee and Democratic Procedures Committee and made available to members in advance of the election period. All voting figures will be published in good time after the election closes.
5.11 The Returning Officer and the Deputy Returning Officer will publish election campaigning rules, on advice from the Student Officer Committee and Democratic Procedures Committee, that adhere to these principles in advance of the close of nominations for an election.
5.12 It is the role of the Returning Officer, and Deputy Returning Officer, to ensure these principles and the subsequently adopted rules are upheld. Where it is felt that these adopted rules are not being upheld by a candidate the Returning Officer, on advice from their Deputy, make take the following action:
5.12.7 Student Officers are prohibited from endorsing electoral candidates. ‘Endorsement’ is defined as showing support for candidates through attempting to persuade or dissuade persons to vote for a candidate. This may be through writing, creating and distributing a candidate’s campaign materials and manifesto.
5.12.8 Student Officers that choose to re-stand for a second term are able to endorse themselves. ‘Self-endorsement’ is defined as showing support for candidates through attempting to persuade or dissuade persons to vote for oneself. This may be through writing, creating and distributing their own campaign materials and manifesto.
5.12.9 Part time officers will have their officer rights suspended for the duration of the election period if they have actively solicited in an endorsement.
5.12.10 Full time officers will be suspended from their role for the duration of the election period if they have actively solicited in an endorsement.
5.12.11 Society and club members may endorse individually but not on the behalf of the entire student group. For example, a president of a club can say you should vote in the election, but cannot say who you should vote for on behalf of the entire club membership.
5.13 The Deputy Returning Officer has the power, devolved from the Returning Officer, to issue warnings to candidates in the election and should set out in these warnings the action which shall follow if they are not heeded which could be any of the above.
5.14 The Deputy Returning Officer has the power, devolved from the Returning Officer, to suspend a candidate from the election pending the outcome of an investigation into an alleged breach of rules. During this period, the candidate is not permitted to actively campaign or discuss publicly the reasons for their suspension.
5.17 These principles and rules will be kept under review to enable and maximise participation in elections and measures to restrict activity of candidates and campaigns to ensure fairness, and to this effect the Deputy Returning Officer will make recommendations in their Annual Report to the Union Council on adaptations.
Standing in the Election and Campaigning
5.18 Members wishing to stand as a candidate in any election will be required to complete and supply to the Deputy Returning Officer all relevant nomination material in advance of the close of nominations.
5.19 Where possible manifestos or their equivalent will be promoted via student media. It is the responsibility of the Deputy Returning Officer to organise this and no individual candidate should attempt to promote themselves in any Union run student media.
5.20 An opportunity will be provided to members to ask questions to the candidates standing in the election. The rules for taking part in this will be developed by the Deputy Returning Officer and made available to candidates in advance of the event.
5.21 Candidates accept any terms and conditions of employment relating to the post at the point of nomination by completing the relevant nomination form.
5.22 Any candidate may withdraw their nomination by informing the Deputy Returning Officer and the Returning Officer, in writing, at any point.
5.23 Whereas candidates may well adopt similar policy stances and use similar publicity materials to other candidates, no candidate’s publicity will be permitted to promote another candidate, in the same or other election.
5.24 Should any member have objections regarding the eligibility of any candidates these should be made in writing to the Deputy Returning Officer in advance of the voting period opening.
The Ballot Paper
5.25 In any election where there are any nominations the ballot paper shall include the statement "Re-open Nominations" (RON). RON will be treated like any other candidate and as such will have a campaign budget equal to the other candidates, will have their votes counted in the same manner and will fall under the same disciplinary actions as the other candidates. If at any stage of the count RON candidate gains the required number of votes to be elected, it shall be deemed to have been elected and any surplus and any further votes, transferred to a further RON candidate. This stage shall be repeated as often as required. The returning officer shall declare unfilled the number of vacancies equal to the number of ‘re-open nominations’ candidates deemed to have been elected, if any.
5.26 The voting system used will be the Single Transferable Vote.
5.27 Candidates and their representatives shall not attempt to bully or intimidate a member into voting for a particular candidate or preference. As such, they must not approach any member who in the process of casting their vote.
Complaints and Results
5.28 Any complaint on the conduct of the election or of any violation of these Regulations must be made in writing to the Deputy Returning Officer prior to the count, except where the complaint relates to the conduct of the count itself. If the complainant is dissatisfied with the resolution of the Deputy Returning Officer, or the Deputy Returning Officer is the subject of the complaint, the complainant may make the complaint in writing to the Returning Officer whose ruling shall be final.
5.29 All election results shall be reported, by the Deputy Returning Officer to the next meeting of Union Council.
5.30 The count shall be supervised by the Returning Officer or their nominee.
5.31 The Count should be conducted in accordance with rules outlined by the Electoral Reform Society for running elections by Single Transferable Vote.
5.32 Complaints about the count must be made in writing to the Returning Officer no later than one working day after the announcement of the result.
5.33 The results of the election 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.
5.34 A count shall only commence once all complaints and appeals about campaigners have been resolved.
5.35 The count should commence only after the Deputy Returning Officer is satisfied that all complaints relating to the conduct and administration of the election have been resolved.
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