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The 2019 Students' Association Elections rules & regulations are available here

The rules are interpreted and amended by the Elections Committee at 5pm daily during the elections period, and it is the candidates responsibility to keep on top of updates which are published on this page

The rules & regulations for the Students' Association Elections 2019 have been approved the SRCSSC, and the Elections Committee. The Elections Committee is tasked to make sure that all candidates in the Students' Association Elections 2019 adhere to these rules.

If you have any questions, you can email the Elections Committee at saelect@st-andrews.ac.uk, or come to the drop-in Elections Office between 10am and 5pm on weekdays in Weeks 5 & 6 in the Advocacy Office (first floor of the Students' Association, opposite the stairs).

Campaign Rule Updates

The Elections Committee is empowered by resolution of the Students' Association Councils to amend or interpret the rules according to situations which arise throughout the campaign period. The committee meets at 5pm each night to discuss any amendments or clarifications to the rules.

Updates are underlined.

Saturday 2nd March 2019:

5.7. Unfair advantages prohibited, positions held — No candidate may use any position of responsibility (e.g., society positions) to actively advertise their campaign but may continue to serve in their role without referencing the elections. Candidates may not use media (eg. photos or videos) which has been used for the purpose of a different group (internal or external to the University), such as society events, nor may they use media illustrating roles previously held. Additionally, current sabbatical officers are prohibited from endorsing, supporting, assisting, or campaigning for any candidate. 

Sunday 3rd March 2019:

5.12. Prohibited activity, academic venues — No candidate may campaign inside an academic building. No candidate may campaign in lectures, seminars, tutorials, or lab classes. No candidate should ask to speak before or after the lecture, or any other part of the academic building as a vehicle for the campaign. Candidates may display posters in academic venues if they are approved by elections committee and are displayed at the discretion of the School.

5.14.  Prohibited activity, Union  Building —  No candidate can host an event in any Union space. No  candidate may campaign if causing a disruption to the Union’s commercial services or nuisance to paying customers. No candidate may campaign in the Elections Office. Candidates may submit two or three posters to the Elections Committee to be posted in the Students’ Association: candidates are not permitted to put up any other posters inside the Union Building. The elections committee cannot guarantee that every poster will be put up, though the same number will be displayed per candidate.

February 2019 Rule Updates

Candidates should be aware of the following rules updates implemented since last campaign cycle. 

  • Slating (collaboratively campaigning under a single banner/ join campaign) is prohibited (5.21). 

    Whilst candidates may agree on policies, their campaigning should only discuss the policy and not the fact it is a joint policy with anyone in particular.

    Specifically, Candidates may not:

    - Refer to other candidates who share their policies in publicity

    - Host campaigning events showcasing multiple candidates (eg. Pub Meetup with candidates X + Y) unless approves by the Elections Committee in advance.

    Candidates may:

    Share policies, and share the wording of those policies

  • Group chats (such as Facebook group chats) are subject to the rules based on online groups (5.5) and online campaigning (5.15).
  • Clarification has been issued on the use of logos or branded clothing in publicity. (5.8)
  • The ban on flyers has been continued. No paper hand-out publicity may be used for campaigning. Stickers and the previously prescribed posters are still permitted, but candidates are not permitted to use paper hand-outs of any size or purpose. The ban on flyers was interpreted as a ban on all paper-based handout publicity materials. An exception was made for stickers and the poster described in the rules. Candidates were encouraged to trial alternative publicity materials such as baked goods with rice-paper tags.?

Elections Committee

The Elections Committee is made up of twenty one students and all of them remain neutral during elections:

  • Director of Wellbeing and Senior Elections Officer
  • Association President
  • Director of Education
  • Director of Student Development and Activities
  • Director of Events and Services
  • Athletic Union President
  • Three SSC Representatives
  • Three SRC Representatives
  • Senior Academic Representative, Arts & Divinity
  • Senior Academic Representative, Science & Medicine
  • 7 Co-opted Members

The Senior Elections Officer is assisted by three Deputy Elections Officers.

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