Please note the following statement from the 2020 Elections Committee:

Complaints were received about the conduct of specific members of the elections committee during Tuesdays presidential debate. In order to maintain the principle of neutrality in light of these complaints, the members concerned will not be participating further in elections business


The following candidates were issued a formal warning or penalty designation from the Elections Committee for breaching the Rules & Regulations for the Students' Association Elections 2019:

Candidate Name Candidate Position  Severity Designation Warning Text Date Recieved

Aarika Dhir


Biology School President  Formal Warning  Rule 5.16 - Campaigning in a pre-existing Facebook group 2/03/20
Thomas Overend Association President Formal Warning Rule 5.16 - Campaigning in a pre-existing Facebook group chat 6/03/20
Luke Simboli Association Alumni Officer Formal Warning Rule 5-16 - Campaigning in a pre-existing Facebook group for another candidate 6/03/20


Penalty Severity Designations

The Elections Committee shall define any rule infraction on the following scale:

  • Informal Warning

    • Will not appear on the warnings list or on the elections portal. A reminder to a candidate of the elections rules.

  • Formal Warning

    • Will not appear on the elections portal, but the elections committee is persuaded that a rule breach might have occured. 

  • Rule Breach 

    • Mild - Candidate may not have intended to break the rule, but it is too severe a breach to warrant a warning that does not go on the portal. Rule breach would not directly impact another candidate.

    • Moderate - Candidate did have some knowledge that they were breaking a rule. We may be satisfied that repetition is unlikely. Rule breach would not directly or badly impact another candidate.

    • Severe - Candidate may have been dishonest to the election committee, or have intended to break a rule with an element of deception. Rule breach would represent serious risk to fairness of election or may have badly impacted another candidates campaign.

    • Very Severe - Candidate has committed a rule break which is just short of them having been disqualified from the election.

  • Disqualification