All the steps to run to be apart of the Student’s Union.

Image from UBCSUO's Facebook page.
Image from UBCSUO's Facebook page.

Monday, February 25 marks the official start date to this year’s Student Union Elections season. In order to run for office, students must fill out an application form. These forms are available at the Student’s Union Office, and online from the Student Union Election Page on Facebook.

The first stage in the elections process after filling out the applications is nominations. According to the UBSUO website, in order to run, a student must be nominated by another UBCO student. After the student who is planning to run is nominated, they must collect 15 signatures from other UBCO students. In previous years, the number of signatures required has only been 10, but it has been changed this year. The nominations process begins on the February 25, and will continue until Friday, March 1.

Campaigning will begin on March 4, and go until March 9. In order to campaign, candidates that have had their applications approved by the Chief Returning Officer (Tyrel Lamoureux) must attend the All Candidate Meeting on March 1 at 4pm.

The role of the Chief Returning Officer (CRO) is to run the election and ensure that the election is fair and equal, and that no candidates break the rules of running for office. However, there are a few changes this year from last year. According to Lamoureux, the CRO is now accountable to an elections board. Additionally, the budget for candidates is now only $75, and the Student’s Union will only be providing candidates with 20 posters each.

If students have any questions, Lamoureux encourages students to reach out to him at chiefreturningofficer@ubcsuo.ca.