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As a student-run organization, WUSA’s student leaders are elected annually by Waterloo undergrads to be your student voice, and guide our efforts for the coming year.

WUSA Elections generally take place in the Winter term, where new candidates are nominated for a variety of leadership roles within the organization and students vote on who they want to represent them for the coming year.

Want to learn more about roles related to WUSA governance and find out if being a student representative is right for you? Visit our Student Bodies page for more details.

Important Dates

All times displayed local Waterloo, EST (GMT -5)

• 23 June: Election called & Nominations opened
• 15 July: Nominations close
• 16 July: All-candidates meeting
• 17 July: Campaigning begins
• 26 July: Voting begins
• 28 July: Voting and campaigning end
• 2 August: Results announced

Nominee Resources

Know a social advocate who would make an awesome leader? Or do YOU want to drive change that affects the lives of students at uWaterloo and across Canada?

We’ve compiled everything you need to know about nominations, all in one place! Have a look or share it with someone you think would be a great fit for the role! View the WUSA Nominations page for full details on how to make your mark.

Have specific questions about running for a WUSA Governance position? Email exec@wusa.ca for more info and to chat with one of our current Exec directly.

Feel free to reach out to your CRO for any questions we didn’t answer on this page!

WUSA Nominations

Campaign Support

WUSA is here to offer you information, resources, and support to ensure you have the tools you need.

Elections & Referendums Procedures

First things first, make sure you review the Elections & Referenda Procedures to learn about your budget*, rules for campaigning, allegations and appeals, and more.

*WUSA will cover the cost of running a campaign for WUSA Executive and Students’ Council candidates. Senate candidates can find budget information in Senate Bylaw 3 (see section 2.02c) opens an external site.

Marketing Resources

Remember all the fun things we talked about at the All Candidates Meeting? Good memories. Everything you need is right here, as promised.

Candidate Elections Logo:

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Make sure this logo is used on your campaign posters, we also encourage you to use it on any other printed campaign materials.

Candidate Information

Don’t forget to submit your candidate profile on vote.wusa.ca to ensure you’re featured on our site and included in any print materials.

While there is no deadline to submit this information, remember that these pages are being promoted from the start of campaign period right until the end. It can take up to three business days for your information to be uploaded to the site. In order to guarantee your information is included in any WUSA print materials be sure to submit before the date stated at the All Candidates Meeting.

Allegations & Appeals

An Allegation is an accusation made that a candidate or referendum campaign committee has done something wrong during the Election period, and is the main mechanism in place to ensure the adherence of procedure and subsequently, the fairness of the election. Allegations remain assertions until they can be proved. Allegation forms exist to streamline the volume of allegations that come in and to help prevent duplicate reports of the same incident. The subject of the allegation can be a candidate, a team, or a referendum campaign committee.

Candidates are disqualified if they reach 11 points – check out point values in Elections & Referenda Procedures in the WUSA library.

Appeals are requests from the alleged to change to the Elections and Referenda Officer’s (ERO) official decision on an allegation. The Chief Returning Officer (CRO) hears all appeals and should include any new information that has come forward. Further appeals beyond this point against the CRO’s decision would go to the Elections and Referenda Committee (ERC).

The CRO or ERC (depending on the appeal) may do any of the following:

1. Uphold the original decision

2. Alter the penalty of the original decision, within the limits of this procedure

3. Refer the ERO or CRO, as the case may be, to review a decision in light of new information or with consideration to a specific section of this procedure

4. Overturn the decision and present an alternate ruling, thereby eliminating the decision’s penalties so received

All rulings rendered by the ERC with respect to a further appeal of a decision made by a CRO shall be final.

If you’re unsure whether or not a violation has occurred, you’re encouraged to report it to the ERO and who will then figure out if it is a violation of procedure or not.