General Elections

Students’  Union Board of Directors and Senate Student Representatives are students who have been elected by the student population in a General Election.

The General Election is held annually, typically in February/March, and is overseen by the Chief Returning Officer (CRO).

Three primary election activities are:

  1. nominations
  2. campaigning
  3. polling

To become a candidate for election, a person must be nominated and any UBC-O student is eligible.  Candidates must have 15 other UBC-O students nominate them by signing the candidates nomination form.

Once a candidate has been approved by the CRO, they may then campaign with-in the designated campaign period.  Campaigning might include posters, online media and face-to-face contact with students.   Discussions and debate sessions are organized to learn more about the candidates and a chance to ask them questions.

At the end of the campaign period, the student body votes on each position.  At the polling station, students will be given a ballot with the candidates names on it and can vote once for each position.  Once the ballots are counted, the successful candidate is the person who wins a simple majority of the votes.  Polling will happen online using UBC WebVote and your CWL.