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Guide to Elections

CUSU Elections 2019 Guidance

If you are unsure about any of the following guidance please contact the CUSU Elections Team at elections@coventry.ac.uk

Nominations

Any person wishing to be a candidate must nominate themselves via the CUSU Website https://www.cusu.org/elections/

Becoming a Candidate

To become a candidate a nominee must undertake essential candidate training, information about the briefing sessions can be found on the Campus Elections website areas.

Manifestos and Campaign posters

Manifestos should be submitted online through the elections page by the publicised deadline. Campaign posters must include a picture of the candidate, details of voting week, the web link to vote and the CUSU logo. The Deputy Returning Officer can send back any manifesto or poster that contains unlawful, false, misleading, or offensive material. School Rep candidates are not required to submit a manifesto but are encouraged to submit a short statement detailing why they should be elected and what they would like to do in the role.

Slates

The combining of candidates into slates is not allowed under our election regulations. Candidates cannot share campaign materials.

Campaign Teams

CUSU does encourage Candidates to organise campaign teams. This is a group of other students who support and campaign for them in order to engage students in the elections across campuses. All members of campaign teams must be declared to the elections team before campaigning starts.

Expenses

Sabbatical Officer, Faculty Rep, Campus Officer, Chair of Council and Community Officer Candidates, have an expenses limit of £30 (up to £20 can be reimbursed by CUSU). School Rep candidates can spend up to £10 of their own money is they wish (this will not be reimbursed).

Candidates must declare all items used for campaigning and must not spend more than their expenses limit. Candidates cannot financially support another candidate. An expenses claim form is made available to all candidates through the CUSU Elections team. It must be completed and sent back with receipts before voting opens.

Already owned equipment, which it is reasonable to assume all other candidates will have access to an equivalent of, are permitted without deduction from expenses. Candidates should refer to the Free and Fair Usage Guidance and speak to the the CUSU Elections team for information on what is permissible.

Question Time

There are a number of Question Time events taking place which are publicised on the elections page for each campus. Question Times will be moderated by the Deputy Returning Officer (or delegate of). Community Officers will be required to take part in a video manifesto/Question Time session. Sabbatical Officer, Faculty Rep, Campus Officer, Chair of Council and Community Officer Candidates are all required to take part in their relevant Question Time event. School Rep candidates are not required to participate in any Question Time activity.

Campaigning

Campaigning can begin after manifestos are published on the 7th March. Any candidate publishing campaign materials before this time is in violation of this direction.

Campaigns must focus on why that candidate is the best for the role. Candidates are not allowed to run negative campaigns. This means criticising another candidate’s character. However, there will be the opportunity to respond and critique the other candidates’ policies, manifestos, and answers during Question Time events.

Mailing Lists

Candidates are not permitted to use pre-existing mailing lists.

Complaints

Please refer to guidance document.

 

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