2020 election rules available here.

The rules are interpreted and amended by the Elections Committee at 5pm daily during the elections period.

Candidates should check this page regularly for changes.

 

The election rules have been approved by the SRC, SSC, and Elections Committee.

The Elections Committee is responsible for ensuring all candidates adhere to these rules. Any questions, concerns, or suspected rule infringements should be sent to the committee via saelect@.

To speak with the Elections Committee in person, visit the Advocacy Office (middle floor of Union, opposite stairs) 10am-5pm weekdays during the elections period.

Recent rule updates

Date Type Section Change
3rd Mar 2020 New subrule 5.10 Personal attacks Candidates are encouraged to share and debate ideas related to the positions up for election, using constructive criticism where relevant. No candidate may use a personal attack on any other candidate for any reason, or orchestrate one from another source.
3rd Mar 2020 Clarification 5.21 Joint campaigning Candidates may have multiple facebook frames on their personal facebook profile pictures.
27th Feb 2020 Minor amendment 2.1 Eligibility Any individual can run for any position listed above, as long as they:
  • Are a matriculated student at the University of St Andrews for the full term of the position.
  • Are an ordinary member of the Students’ Association for the full term of the position.
1st Feb 2020 Amendment 5.16 Online campaigning Campaigns must not use anonymous Facebook pages (e.g. St Andrews Crushes).
1st Feb 2020 Advice N/A We have been made aware of issues relating to political Facebook adverts. Without having the proper authorisation, you risk having any paid ads removed from Facebook, if they are identified as being political or linked to social issues. Any candidate planning to use paid ads should read more on Facebook's Business Help Centre.

 

The Elections Committee consists of 21 students, all of whom remain neutral during elections:

  • Director of Wellbeing (Senior Elections Officer)
  • Association President
  • Director of Education
  • Director of Student Development & Activities
  • Director of Events & Services
  • Athletic Union President
  • 3x SRC representatives
  • 3x SSC representatives
  • Senior Academic Representative, Arts and Divinity
  • Senior Academic Representative, Science and Medicine
  • 7x co-opted members

No individual may be on the Elections Committee if they are running as a candidate.

Four of the above committee members are appointed Deputy Elections Officers, to directly assist the Senior Elections Officer.

FAQs

Yes, but there are some restrictions. You should visit the elections office with your laptop or one printed copy of the poster, to have it approved before printing more copies.

You may use the Union's printers, located in the Design Suite (middle floor, past the sabb office). Printing needs to be budgeted, so remember to take a screenshot of your UniPrint record.

Printed publicity:

  • Must include the dates of voting: 5th and 6th March.
  • Must include an encouragement to recycle, either with the triangle logo or in text.
  • Must not refer to another candidate.
  • For the AU President, must include the Saints Sport logo.
  • For any other race, must not include any Association or subcommittee logo, in any form.

Publicity printed before campaigning begins, i.e. during the nominations period, should be stored with the Elections Committee until campaigning begins.

No. Flyposting (putting posters up on public property) is illegal. This includes phone boxes, lampposts, etc.

You may put posters up on University property, but only with the explicit permission of each building beforehand.

Yes, but you still need to bring it to the elections office to be approved, so we can check it against your budget and receipt.

If printed on a sheet, each sheet should be stamped. If the stickers are pre-cut, they don't all need to be stamped, but should still be taken to the elections office for approval.

If it can be kept private, yes. For example, unpublished Facebook pages and private YouTube videos are fine, since no one else can see them. Twitter accounts cannot be made completely hidden, so we ask that candidates only create Twitter pages once campaigning begins.

Anyone can support any candidate from their personal accounts. However, a campaign page cannot support another candidate.

Before campaigning begins, a candidate can have up to thirty individuals in their private campaign group. After campaigning begins, only ordinary, life, and honorary members of the Students’ Association are allowed to campaign for any candidate. (All matriculated students are automatically ordinary members unless they have opted out.) Staff at both the Union and the University of St Andrews are not allowed to campaign. Students who also work for the Union or University can campaign only when off duty. No subcommittees of the Students’ Association, Affiliated Societies, Student Groups, or Athletic Union Clubs may endorse any candidate using any official website, social media page, mailing list, or general meeting.