Thursday, 5 November 2020

Fifty lists compete in student election

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Students will vote online to elect their representatives in University bodies for the 2020-2022 term. For the first time, an online platform has been prepared for the voting procedures.

Online voting was the best option to comply with the measures in place to contain the spread of the virus.

Voters will be able to cast their vote on 24 and 25 November. Candidates are grouped in competing lists in a system ensuring proportional representation.

There are overall 144 positions to be filled. 11 students will represent their peers in University bodies: 2 in the Academic Senate, 4 in the Joint Committee for the Right to Study and the Valorisation of merit, 3 in the Board of Directors of Opera Universitaria, and 2 in the Sport committee.

The student community also votes to elect 133 representatives who will sit in the bodies of the various programmes of study (department councils, centre councils, subject area committees).

All registered students for the academic year 2020/2021, and students who are about to obtain an undergraduate degree, are permitted to vote.

Preparing for the election
In the first phases of the election, students filed the names and symbols of the lists, and the names of candidates on each list. Students must have been registered for a degree for a given number of years to stand as candidates: not more than 4 years for students in undergraduate degrees; not more than 3 years for students in master's degrees; not more than 6 years for students in 5-year master's degrees. Students submitted their candidacies online in the past weeks.
In the second phase, students collected supporting signatures for the lists: at least 40 signatures are required for the election of student representatives in academic bodies, while 15 are needed for the election of student representatives in the bodies of department and centres.

Lastly, the Central electoral committee met yesterday to check that the submitted lists complied with the rules. Two lists and seven candidates were excluded from the election for non compliance. After the assessment, fifty lists with 251 candidates were officially admitted to participate in the election.

Voters will be able to cast their vote on 24 and 25 November. Candidates running for election are grouped into competing lists; positions are allocated based on a proportional representation system (the D'Hondt method, named after the Belgian academic who invented it).

For information on the election, the Rector's decree calling the election, a relevant excerpt from the General  University regulation, the lists of candidates and other useful documents please visit the dedicated page