CSU 2018 General Elections: Unofficial Results Released
Speak Up Disqualified, ACT Sweeps Executive Positions
With the ballots counted, the Accessibility, Community, Transparency slate has won all executive positions for the Concordia Student Union executive team. Quorum for the election was 450. According to the unofficial results about 1,200 of Concordia’s 35,000 undergraduate students voted.
All referendum questions passed as well, meaning that the Concordia Community Solidarity Bookstore get a $0.05 per credit increase in their fee levy to $0.14 per credit. The CSU will also continue to collect a $1 per credit fee levy for the Library Services Fund for the next 10 years.
During the time the ballots were being counted on Friday afternoon, Speak Up was notified that they were disqualified under the standing regulation Article 316, which states that, “Student media content regarding elections and election issues can be disseminated during the polling period, but no new correspondence between candidates or referendum committee members and student media can be published during the polling period.”
In an email obtained by The Link, Chief Electoral Officer Nicholas Roberts alleges the Speak Up slate had correspondence with The Link, one of Concordia’s campus newspapers, during the polling period because an editorial had been published endorsing the slate at 9:30 a.m. on the day polling started.
In the email, Roberts stated that he found it hard to believe that Speak Up was unaware of the endorsement. Since the editorial was published on Tuesday, Roberts has not reached out to The Link to discuss whether any correspondance occurred. The Link reached out to Roberts for clarification on Speak Up’s disqualification but he did not respond.
Despite Roberts’ claims, The Link did not correspond with the Speak Up slate regarding the endorsement. The decision to endorse or not endorse specific candidates is made by The Link’s editorial team alone, without input from outside parties. Decisions are then kept secret until editorials are published.
Speak Up’s general coordinator candidate, Sophie Hough-Martin, said their slate is contesting the decision with the CSU’s judicial board, an appeals body that reviews and upholds the CSU’s rules and regulations.
Had they not been disqualified, Speak Up would have taken all positions over both competing slates by significant margins.
The full results are below:
Student Life Coordinator
External Affairs and Mobilization Coordinator
April Tardi Levesque
Felicia Da Conceicao
Akira De Carlos—Disqualified
Sebastien Martinez De La Garza
Academic and Advocacy Coordinator
Lida Sonylam Aman—Elected
Internal Affairs Coordinator
Fatoumata Binta Balde
Library Services Fund Fee Levy—PASSED
Do you agree to contribute $1 per credit to the CSU for the Library Services Fund for the next ten years (2019-2029), in order to maintain and increase existing services funded through the Library Services Fund? The contribution would be collected in accordance with the university’s tuition and refund policy.
Two Round Electoral System—PASSED
Do you as a CSU member agree with adding by-law 7.3.2 such that the Concordia Student Union Council establish an internal Two-Round Electoral System when voting on vacant executive seats?
Concordia Community Solidarity Co-op Bookstore Fee Levy Increase—PASSED
Do you agree to increase the fee levy of the Concordia Community Solidarity Co-op Bookstore by $0.05 per credit to a total of $0.14 per credit, effective Fall 2018?
Expanding Campus Space—PASSED
Do you support the CSU expanding and improving student spaces for clubs on campus?