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Senate-Sciences Election to be Recontested April 10-12

March 29, 2012

The election of the graduate student representative to the UofO Senate for the Faculties of Science, Engineering, Health Sciences, and Medicine will be entirely redone on April 10-12, 2012.

The first election was invalidated due to a faulty election ballot (picture and explanation: HERE).  The election was successfully appealed by candidate Joseph Hickey.

Below is the e-mail from GSAED’s Directo General of Elections, Peter Schalk, announcing the schedule and voting locations for the recontestation of the Senate-Sciences election.

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From: Peter Schalk (DGE)
To: Joseph Hickey
Cc: Matt Alteen
Date: March 28, 2012
Subject: Senate-Sciences Election Appeals Ruling

Dear Joseph,

As the DGE I have fulfilled my requirements regarding the GSAED general elections. There were, unfortunately, errors which brought us to the present situation at hand. I have agreed to already re-contest the Senate Science election and to make it as accessible as possible.

The election shall proceed as follows and at the following locations:

•Tuesday, April 10th – GSAED office (8:30-16:00); RGN (10:00-15:00)
•Wednesday, April 11th – GSAED office (8:30-16:00); SITE (10:00-14:00)
•Thursday, April 12th – GSAED office (8:30-16:00); RGN (10:00-15: 00)

My main concern to your inquiry is the accessibility to resources to implement the decision, as these resources will have to be secured first by GSAED.

Graduate students will be notified prior and during the elections, as was done for the 19-21 March elections. I’ll do everything in my power to make sure that students are aware of the new election within the constraints I am facing at the moment.

As stated in the By-Law XXII, this decision will result in the opening of a 48-hour appeal period. If an appeal were to be made you must inform the Chair of the GSAED who heads the Election Appeals Committee. The said committee will than meet and make a decision regarding the matter.

Regards,

Peter Schalk

Director General of Elections – Directeur général des élections
GSAED University of Ottawa – Université d’Ottawa
601 Cumberland St.
Ottawa, ON K1N 7K4
elections@gsaed.ca
613-562-5935

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From: Joseph Hickey
To: Peter Schalk
Cc: Matt Alteen, UofO VP Governance, UofO President, GSAED Council members
Date: March 26, 2012
Subject: Re: Senate-Sciences Election Appeals Ruling

Dear Peter,

Thank you for confirming that Senate-Sciences election will be redone.

I want to draw your attention to GSAED By-law XXII (10)(b) about “Voting” in elections administered by GSAED:

b. Voting shall take place over three consecutive days on the main campus. Voting shall also take place on at least two of these three days at the Roger Guindon campus. The CRO may also decide to permit voting by mail or electronic means. [emphasis added]

and to GSAED By-law XXII (10)(c):

c. Polling stations shall be open from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. each day of the general election or referendum. They shall be located at the Association office throughout the voting period, as well as at least three other locations determined by the CRO, after consultation with Council, including one polling station on the Roger Guindon campus. [emphasis added]

Please confirm that the re-election for the Senate-Sciences seat will conform to By-law XXII, and that there will be 1) A polling location at Roger-Guindon for two of the three days, and 2) two polling locations (other than the GSAED office) on the main campus (one of which most definitely must be SITE, given the Faculties implicated in this election).

If these By-laws are not followed, then the re-election will be fatally flawed, and I will be significantly disadvantaged, in part because I have dedicated rougly 30-50% of my campaigning time to the Roger-Guindon campus in the original election of March 19-21.

Sincerely,
Joseph Hickey

Cc: GSAED Council members, UofO VP Governance and President, concerned community members

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