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Spring 2019
Elections
Coming soon!

Nominations are open for Diversity Part-Time Officers, SU Exec members, and Postgraduate Faculty Reps. Find out more about each role on the officer page

Elections Jargon

Explanations of some terms you might hear during the elections.

How does STV work then?

STV, or Single Transferable Vote, is a system of preferential voting designed to minimise 'wasted' votes and provide proportional representation.

To give a brief overview, imagine a friend is going to the Bread Oven to buy their lunch and they ask you if you'd like anything. You quite fancy some crisps so reply that you'd like a bag of Salt & Vinegar, but if they haven't got any you’ll have Cheese & Onion and if they have neither flavour just to get whatever.

What you're saying is that Salt & Vinegar is your first preference, Cheese & Onion is your second preference and after that you don't really mind what you get – you have no further preferences. This is essentially how the STV system works, you select your first preference but should that option be eliminated your second preference will come into play and so on until you don't mind what you get.

Salt & Vinegar

1

Prawn Cocktail

 

Marmite

 

Cheese & Onion

2

R.O.N. (Re-Open Nominations)

 

N.F.P. (No Further Preferences)

3

Alternatively, you might say to your friend that you want Salt & Vinegar, if they don’t have that to get Cheese & Onion but to not get Marmite or Prawn Cocktail as you hate those flavours. In this case you are actively voting against the other options and so would vote RON.

Salt & Vinegar

1

Prawn Cocktail

 

Marmite

 

Cheese & Onion

2

R.O.N. (Re-Open Nominations)

3

N.F.P. (No Further Preferences)

 

Who is RON?

RON isn't actually a candidate – it stands for Re-Open Nominations. You can put RON as a preference if you feel that the remaining candidates are not suitable for the position.

Voting RON is an active vote against the other candidates – it's not an expression of indifference.

If Re-Open Nominations is elected to a position then nominations for that post are re-opened at a later date. Except in the case of Sabbatical Officers, Union Council may co-opt vacant positions.

What's quorum?

Quorum is the minimum number of votes that have to be cast in order for the election to be valid. We don't think it's particularly democratic if a handful of people decide who your lead representatives are so quorum figures are outlined in the governing documents to make sure your Officers are legitimate.

Quorum Figures

  • 10% members to elect a Sabbatical Officer
  • 5% for all other Officer posts
  • No quorum for self-defining positions

What's a manifesto?

Each candidate is able to put two manifestos together – one online and one for a Manifesto Booklet. This is essentially where they outline what their pledges are (i.e. what they're promising to do if elected) and summarise any experience they think is relevant.

Contact Us

If you need to ask any questions about the elections process, you can visit us in the Democratic Services Office on the top floor of SUHQ. Alternatively, you can contact us using the details below.