SA byelection fast approaching

With the 2014 Student Association (SA) byelection approaching, there are two ways students can get involved: become a candidate or vote.

The SA is holding a byelection Oct. 30-Oct. 31 due to unfilled positions from the previous election earlier this year.

If you are interested in becoming a candidate, you can pick up a nomination package from the SA in the Student Centre between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

But it has to be to submitted before the deadline on Oct. 24 at 4 p.m.

Positions the SA is looking to fill are Associate Vice-Presidents for the Whitby campus and the downtown campus, and Board of Directors for UOIT and Durham College.

The SA is looking for Board of Directors candidates from four schools at Durham College and two at UOIT.

The Durham schools are Business IT and Management, Health and Community services, Interdisciplinary Studies and Employment Services and Justice and Emergency Services for DC and Faculty of Education and Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities for UOIT.

Students have to be part of the schools listed above in order to apply.

Candidates will have a mandatory meeting on Oct. 24 at 5 p.m., in the SA boardroom and campaigning runs Oct. 27 to Oct. 31.

The nomination period runs from Oct. 20 to Oct. 24 and voting takes place Oct. 30 – 31.

“They (students) can vote by coming in to the locations where we have polling stations provided around the campus,” says Pratha Shanmuganathan, chief returning officer for the Student Association.

Some of those locations include the Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre, and the south wing hallway, adjacent to the computer learning commons.

In order to be eligible to vote, you must bring your student I.D., and be a full-time student in one of the schools which have vacancies.

Shanmuganathan says the ballots will be collected on Nov. 1 and the winner will be announced on Nov. 3.