Election news

16/08/2017

The Returning Officer has reprimanded the Officers of the ANU Indian Students’ Association for a post on the Association’s Facebook page endorsing the candidacy of four members of the Association standing for election on the ‘Progress’ ticket. The post is in breach of Election Regulation 13 c.i, and will be removed.

 

16/08/2017

A candidate has been reprimanded for a violation of Election Regulation 13. C. iv. in relation to a social media posting, and were asked to remove the post by 9am on Wednesday, August 16th.

 

15/08/2017

Mr Wei Wei has regretfully decided for personal reasons to ‘withdraw’ his candidature for the position of CBE Representative on behalf of the Progress team.
 
Pease note that, as his decision is after the closing date for withdrawal of nomination (Election Regulation 9 i.), his name will still appear on the ballot. However, if elected, Wei will not take up the role.

 

15/08/2017

  • The Returning Officer regretfully has declared the candidacy of Mr Yuanlong Meng (Aries), a candidate on the ANyou ticket for the position of Education Officer, ‘null and void’ (Regulation 13. j. iii.). Whether unwittingly, Aries Meng’s candidacy was particularly compromised by actions in breach of Election Regulation 13 f. i.
  • Independent candidate, Mr Zhizhen Liu (Jayson), has been banned from campaigning for the remainder of the election period as a result of actions in breach of Election Regulations 13. f. i. & xi. (B).
  • The Progress ticket was reprimanded today for a violation of section 13. j. i. of the Election Regulations. Some candidates from this ticket did not make it clear when thanking students for attending an event that it was a PARSA-hosted event, not an event hosted by the ‘Progress’ ticket.

 

15/08/2017

The technical fault which prevented students in CMBE and CPMS from voting for their College Representative candidates on Monday has been fixed. Members of each of those colleges who were unable to cast their ballot on Monday can now do so. 

 

14/08/2017

The Returning Officer and the PARSA Office are very aware of difficulties students in CMBE and CPMS are having in being able to vote. The problem appears to be in the MSL &/or University lists and the matter is being addressed as quickly as possible; it might, however, take overnight. If need be, there will be the opportunity to vote on a ballot paper that will be available from and returned to the PARSA Office. We will communicate that to all students. Please send an email to parsa.elections@anu.edu.au if you experience difficulty voting, and be assured that we ensure that all members of these colleges (and all colleges) are able to cast a ballot for all candidates, including their college reps, before voting closes at the end of the week. 

Also, Ms Kristy Chan has regretfully decided for personal reasons to ‘withdraw’ her candidature for the position of Vice-President on behalf of the ANyou team.

Please note that, as her decision is after the closing date for withdrawal of nomination (Election Regulation 9 i.), her name will still appear on the ballot. However, if elected, Kristy will not take up the role.

 

14/08/2017

Voting is now open!

Login at voteparsa.anu.edu.au to cast your ballot.

Polls will close at 5pm on Friday, August 18 at 5pm.

If you are an enrolled postgraduate student but are unable to login to the voting site, please contact parsa.elections@anu.edu.au.

If you are unable to login on the final day of voting (Friday, August 18) please also contact the PARSA office on 6125 4187.

Please note the following:

  • All candidates running for International Officer are enrolled as an international student.
  • All candidates running for Indigenous Australian Officer identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.
  • All candidates running for Women’s Officer identify as a woman.
  • All candidates running for College Representative positions are enrolled in that College.
  • Students are restricted to only voting for two College Representative positions from the College they are enrolled in.

How voting works

PARSA members (which are enrolled postgraduates at ANU who have not written to PARSA to cancel their membership) directly elect their 31 representatives to the PRC, as well as the postgraduate member of ANU Council, using the optional voluntary preferential system.

To cast a vote, voters must place the number ‘1’ in the square next to their first-choice candidate.

Voters have the option to show further preferences by placing the number ‘2’ in the square next to their second-choice candidate, the number ‘3’ next to their third-choice and so on.

They may number as many or as few squares as they wish.

Check out our FAQ for more information on how the optional preferential voting system works

If you have any questions on how to cast your vote, contact the Returning Officer at parsa.elections@anu.edu.au.
 

14/08/2017

Message from the Returning Officer Ian Walker:

  • At the request of the Returning Officer, in accord with PARSA Election Regulation 13 c.iv, the ANyou team has removed an analysis of the 2017 PARSA budget from its Facebook and Policy Platform pages as it had not taken proper account of the nature of filing SSAF reports and of the consistent and appropriate oversight and administration of funding allocations by the University and the PARSA Office. The information, especially in relation to what was labelled ‘social’ and ‘administrative’, was misleading. The actual 2017 PARSA allocated budget can be found at: https://parsa.anu.edu.au/your-union/finance/financial documents2016-17/
  • Also in accord with Electoral Regulation 13 c.iv, ANyou has corrected the placing of its Indigenous Australian spokesperson, Ms Ashlee Kearney, among its list of nominated candidates for election, which gave the impression that Ms Kearney was a candidate for the position of Indigenous Australian Officer. Ashley Kearney’s nomination was too late to be included as an approved candidate for the current elections.
  • The Returning Officer reminds all candidates, especially in this week of voting, fully to observe the election regulations: https://parsa.anu.edu.au/pageassets/elections/electionrules/PARSA-Electoral-Regulations-current-as-of-2.5.17.pdf

 

11/08/2017

A candidate running for College Representative was reprimanded yesterday (Thursday, August 10) for addressing students in a lecture theatre prior to the lecture, in breach of the regulation which prohibits campaigning in a place normally used as a place of study by students. All candidates are reminded that campaigning must abide by the conditions outlined in Section 13 of the PARSA Election Regulations.

 

2/08/2017

A further update:

Following a query into the eligbility of postgraduate exchange students to nominate, Returning Office Ian Walker has confirmed that they can nominate, as postgrad exchange students are considered ordinary members for the purposes of the election.

1(d) For the purposes of these Regulations a student is enrolled in a postgraduate course at the University, if the Returning Officer determines that the student is recognised by the University as currently enrolled in a postgraduate course.

3(c) During any Election of the Association, any question about membership eligibility to vote or stand for election is decided by the Returning Officer, whose decision is final.

 

2/08/2017

Three updates regarding inquiries from potential nominees.

1) Following a query into the availability of submitted nomination forms to the membership, Returning Office Ian Walker has confirmed that Section 9(j) requires that PARSA make available submitted candidate nomination forms to all members who wish to inspect them. Copies will be made available for inspection at the PARSA office between 10-4pm.

The Returning Officer has also determined that, in the interest of maintaining the privacy of the nominee, the phone number of the nominee shall be redacted from the version available for inspection.

As a courtesy, members are requested to contact PARSA on 6125 4187 ahead of visiting the office to ensure an authorised staff member has time to collate the forms and redact the phone numbers.

9(j) Nominations must be kept in a secure place by the Returning Officer (or their delegate) at a venue easily accessible to nominees between the hours of 10am and 4pm throughout the period nominations remain open, and must be made available for inspection by any member of the Association during that period.

2) Following a query into change into the pending college restructure, Returning Office Ian Walker has confirmed that the ANU re-structure for science colleges is not effective until 18th August, therefore the college representative positions will use the current structure for the elections (CMBE and CPMS).

3) Following a query into who is eligible to nominate candidates, Returning Office Ian Walker has confirmed that Section 9(h)(vi) requires the proposer and seconder to be eligible to stand for that position themselves.

“9(h)(vi) Nominations for any position contested at the annual general election must (i) Indicate the position(s) for which the nominee seeks election; 7 (ii) Indicate which ticket the nominee is a member of, or if the member is standing as an independent candidate; (iii) State that the nominee meets all eligibility criteria for election to the position for which the nominee is standing and will comply with the Constitution and these Electoral Regulations”.

 

1/08/2017

Ticket registration closes at noon on Wednesday, August 2nd. Candidate nominations close at noon on Thursday, August 3rd.

Online polling for the election will open at 9am on Monday, August 14th and close at 5pm on Friday, August 18th.

Information on how to access the polling website will be communicated to all postgraduate students ahead of the election. Election results will be published on the PARSA website as soon as practicable after the close of election.

Have a look at our FAQ on the PARSA website to find out what a ticket is - and how to form or join one, how PARSA’s voting system works, important deadlines, and more.

If you still have questions, contact the PARSA General Manager at mike.heffron@anu.edu.au.

 

25/07/2017

1) The role descriptions for the President, Vice President, General Secretary and Treasurer have been posted to the website. The other roles will be posted tomorrow. If you have any questions about a specific role, don't hesitate to attend our info sessions or contact PARSA General Manager Mike Heffron.

 

19/07/2017

Two updates today:

1) The role descriptions are taking a bit more time than expected to complete, but will be posted shortly. In the meantime, if you have any questions about a specific role, don't hesitate to attend our info sessions or contact PARSA General Manager Mike Heffron.

2) Following a query into when candidates are permitted to campaign, Returning Office Ian Walker has confirmed that the “election period’ referred to in Section 13 (f)(x) of the Electoral Regulations covers the period of time between the close of nominations (noon on August 3) and the close of elections (5pm on August 18).

Clause 13 (f) (x) It is an electoral offence to: campaign before the start of the election period set under clause 6(a).

 

14/07/2017

 

PARSA ANNUAL GENERAL ELECTIONS 2017

Candidate nominations and ticket registration announcement

Dear Postgraduate and Research Students,

Candidate nomination and ticket registration forms for the 2017 Postgraduate and Research Students’ Association (PARSA) Annual General Election will be available from 9am on Monday, July 17th on the Election page of the PARSA website. Ticket registration closes at noon on Wednesday, August 2nd. Candidate nominations close at noon on Thursday, August 3rd.

When does the election take place?

Online polling for the election will open at 9am on Monday, August 14th and close at 5pm on Friday, August 18th.

Information on how to access the polling website will be communicated to all postgraduate students ahead of the election. Election results will be published on the PARSA website as soon as practicable after the close of election.

What positions are open?

Elections will be held for 31 positions on the PRC and one Postgraduate Student Member of ANU Council. The duties and time commitment required of each position can be found by visiting the Role Descriptions page.

  1. ANU postgraduate students will elect 12 officers to the Postgraduate Representative Council (PRC), the governing board of PARSA.
  • President
  • Vice President
  • General Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Indigenous Australian Officer*
  • Communications Officer
  • Environmental Officer
  • Women’s Officer**
  • Social Officer
  • Equity Officer
  • International Officer***
  • Education Officer

* A student is only eligible to nominate for the position of Indigenous Australian Officer if they identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

** A student is only eligible to nominate for the position of Women’s Officer if they identify as a woman.

*** A student is only eligible to nominate for the position of International Officer if they are an international student.

  1. ANU postgraduate students will elect 14 College Representatives to the PRC – two from each College. A student is only eligible to run for the College(s) they are enrolled in.
  • College of Asia and the Pacific (CAP)
  • College of Law (COL)
  • College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences (CPMS)
  • College of Medicine, Biology and Environment (CMBE)
  • College of Business and Economics (CBE)
  • College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS)
  • College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS)
  1. ANU postgraduate students will elect five General Representatives to the PRC.
  2. ANU postgraduate students will elect a Postgraduate Student Member of ANU Council. The elected Council member will not be part of, nor accountable to, the PRC. This ballot is subject to the Council (Elections) Statute 2016, as well as the constitution and election regulations of PARSA. More information about the Council is available via the ANU webpage.

What is required to run for a position?

All nominees must be postgraduate students at ANU at the time of nomination. All nominees must comply with the requirements listed in the nomination form and with the PARSA Election Regulations.

Where can I download a nomination or ticket registration form?

Candidate nomination and ticket registration forms can be downloaded via the Election page of the PARSA website. Completed forms should be sent to the PARSA Returning Officer, Ian Walker, at parsa.elections@anu.edu.au.

Where can I find out more about PARSA’s elections?

Have a look at our FAQ on the PARSA website to find out what a ticket is - and how to form or join one, how PARSA’s voting system works, important deadlines, and more.

If you still have questions, contact the PARSA General Manager at mike.heffron@anu.edu.au.

 

Contact PARSA

PARSA Office
Melville Hall, Building 12
Ellery Crescent
Australian National University
Canberra ACT 2601

Office Hours:

9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday (except public holidays)
Call Us: +61 (02) 6125 4187
Write to Us: parsa@anu.edu.au