Election news

13/08/2018

 

Dear Postgraduate and Research Students,

View the complete list of Candidates for the 2018 PARSA Annual General Elections. 

This announcement is made in accordance with Section 19 of the new PARSA Constitution (the Constitution).

[1] Uncontested positions are elected unopposed as per the procedures described in Clauses 19.2 and 19.3 of the Constitution.

[2] Contested positions shall be determined by a ballot of members as described in Clause 19.4 of the Constitution. As previously announced polling will take place from the 27th until the 30th August. Information about polling and voting procedure will be released over the next two weeks.

[3] Positions where no nominations were received are declared as casual vacancies. These vacancies are to be filled by the PARSA Board as per Clause 16.6 for Directors of the Board and Clause 27.4 for Portfolio Officers, College Officers and the Vice President.

The validity of all nominations received has been checked against census data provided by ANU on the 13th August 2018 as required by Clause 4.6 of the Election Regulations. Eligibility requirements have been verified by the Returning Officer.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Returning Officer directly at parsa.elections@anu.edu.au

 

Regards,

The PARSA Returning Officer & 2018 Election Team

Postgraduate and Research Students' Association (PARSA)

Australian National University

Melville Hall, Building 12,  Ellery Cres, Acton, ACT, 2601

CRICOS #00120C

 

10/08/2018

 

Dear Postgraduate and Research Students,

The nomination period (30th July to 10th August) in the PARSA Annual General Elections 2018 has ended and nominations are now closed.

Thank you to everyone who has submitted a nomination.

On Monday the 13th August we (the PARSA Election team) shall be taking a census of ANU Postgraduate and Research students to determine candidate and voter eligibility as required by Clause 4.6 in the Election Regulations. Once this is done, we shall be announcing the successful nominees for positions in the Election.

Our intention is to make the announcement on the same day. The announcement shall be placed on the PARSA website, outside the PARSA Office and distributed via email.

Please be aware that the campaigning period starts from the close of nominations today until the close of polls on 30th August.

However until we announce the successful nominees on the 13th August we shall consider any campaigning on behalf of or in the name of a unconfirmed nominee to be in violation of electoral conduct under Section 13 of the Election Regulations, particularly Clause 13.2 and 13.3. It is an untrue and misleading statement to say that a person is a candidate or nominee in the Election until the Returning Officer confirms a person’s nomination.

Campaigning guidelines and the dates of information sessions about campaigning will also be released on Monday the 13th.

We will be using a google form to manage the reporting of complaints regarding conduct in the Election, this form will be accessible on the PARSA Election website.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Regards,

The PARSA Returning Officer & 2018 Election Team

Postgraduate and Research Students' Association (PARSA)

Australian National University

Melville Hall, Building 12,  Ellery Cres, Acton, ACT, 2601

CRICOS #00120C

 

31/07/2018

Dear Postgraduate and Research Students,

Please find information below about how to join a ticket and a call for Probity Officers in the 2018 PARSA Annual General Election. This information will also be available here

Call for Probity Officers

PARSA is seeking three postgraduate student volunteers to act as Probity Officers during the 2018 Annual General Election (July 30th – August 30th).

The role of Probity Officers during the PARSA election period is to work with the Returning Officer to investigate alleged or suspected electoral infractions and misconduct.

Undertaking this volunteer role provides an excellent opportunity to uphold the democratic values championed by students’ associations, by ensuring candidates act with integrity and adhere to the rules outlined in the PARSA Electoral Regulations.

If you are interested please read the Probity Officer Position Description.

To apply, submit an expression of interest via the Google Form.

The deadline for Probity Officer EOIs is Thursday 9th August at 4pm.

How to join a ticket

The ticket system, first introduced by PARSA in 2016, allows candidates to group together and identify themselves under a ticket name. This is helpful for candidates who share similar positions on issues to let voters know that, should those on that ticket be elected, they will back the proposals endorsed by the ticket.

If candidates are part of a ticket, the ticket name will be displayed next to the candidate's name on the ballot. If candidates do not register under a ticket name, the word "Independent" appears next to their name on the ballot.

If you want to run on a ticket and want ticket conveners to know you're interested fill out this Google Form. Responses will be sent to the Returning Officer, and made available to ticket conveners.

Potential ticket convenors wishing to get in touch with those looking for a ticket to join should contact the Returning Officer at parsa.elections@anu.edu.au. You will need to confirm to the Returning Officer that you will only use the information provided to form a ticket.

Check out the PARSA Roles Descriptions page for a breakdown of the different roles.

In summary

Regards,

The PARSA Returning Officer & 2018 Election Team

Postgraduate and Research Students' Association (PARSA)

Australian National University

Melville Hall, Building 12, 12 Ellery Cres, Acton, ACT, 2601

 

27/07/2018

Dear Postgraduate and Research Students,

We are pleased to announce that nominations are called for the 2018 Postgraduate and Research Students’ Association (PARSA) Annual General Election (the Election).

Nominations can be submitted from Monday, July 30th at 10am until 4pm on Friday, August 10th.

Please be aware that PARSA has recently adopted a new Constitution and Election Regulations, which means that the Election in 2018 will be different from those in previous years.

For all information about the 2018 PARSA Annual General Election visit the Elections section of the PARSA website.

How do I nominate for a position?

To nominate for a position download a nomination form via the Elections section of the PARSA website and follow instructions on the website.

Nomination forms must be lodged with the PARSA Returning Officer electronically via parsa.elections@anu.edu.au or handed into the PARSA office no later than 4pm on Friday August 10th.

What is required to nominate for a position?

In order to nominate for a position you (the candidate) must be an Ordinary Members of PARSA, except for the position of Postgraduate Student Member of the ANU University Council which only requires that you are a postgraduate student at ANU.

An Ordinary Member is defined by Section 3.2.1 of the Constitution as: a postgraduate or research student at the ANU who has not stated that the person does not wish to be a member pursuant to Section 7. All postgraduate and research students at the ANU are, by their University enrolment, automatically admitted as members of PARSA.

Additional eligibility requirements are listed for some positions, these are found in the Election Regulations under Clause 5. Some positions also require disclosure of certain information by the candidate, their proposer and seconder.

Information about how these requirements will be managed is provided by the Returning Officer on the Elections section of the PARSA Website.

Nominees must comply with all requirements listed on the nomination form, in the Constitution and the Election Regulations.

Which positions are open?

All positions are open. A guide to PARSA’s new structure and a full list of position descriptions that include duties and time commitments are available on the Elections section of the PARSA Website.

Nominations are called for the following Board positions:

  • The PARSA President;
  • Eight (8) Directors of the Board;

Nominations are called for the Postgraduate Student Member of the ANU University Council.

Nominations are called for the position of Vice President.

Nominations are called for the eleven (11) Portfolio Officer positions:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Officer
    (To nominate you must self-identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander);
  • Coursework Officer (To nominate you must be a Coursework student ANU);
  • Disabilities Officer (To nominate you must self-identify as a person with a Disability);
  • Education Officer;
  • Environmental Officer;
  • Equity Officer;
  • Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Officer
    (To nominate you must be a HDR student at ANU);
  • International Student Officer
    (To nominate you must be an International student at ANU);
  • Queer Officer (To nominate you must self-identify as Queer);
  • Social Officer;
  • Women’s Officer (To nominate you must self-identify as a Woman).

 

Nominations are called for two (2) College Officers (one Coursework and one Higher Degree by Research) from each of the seven (7) ANU Colleges listed below. To nominate you must be a member of the college for which you are nominating as a College Officer.

The ANU Colleges are:

  • The ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences;
  • The ANU College of Asia and the Pacific;
  • The ANU College of Business and Economics;
  • The ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science;
  • The ANU College of Law;
  • The ANU College of Health and Medicine; and
  • The ANU College of Science.

When does the Election take place?

Online polling for contested positions in the Election will open at 9am on Monday, 27th August and close at 5pm on Thursday, 30th August.

Campaigning may only take place from the close of nominations until the close of polling.

Information about how to vote will be communicated ahead of polls opening. Results will be published on the PARSA website as soon as practicable after the close of poll.

If you have any questions about the nomination and election process, please contact the PARSA Returning Officer at parsa.elections@anu.edu.au.

Regards,

The PARSA Returning Officer & 2018 Election Team

Postgraduate and Research Students' Association (PARSA)

Australian National University

Melville Hall, Building 12,  Ellery Cres, Acton, ACT, 2601

CRICOS #00120C

 

 

 

 

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Australian National University
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