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Who is RON?

RON is not a real person but instead stands for Re-open Nominations. If you vote for him, you are expressing your opinion that the remaining candidates are not suitable for the position.

Voting for RON means that you are voting against the remaining candidates, and shows that you would prefer to nominate new candidates rather than accept any of the current candidates.

If RON wins the election, then it means that the election will be re-opened, and new candidates can be nominated. The election will then be re-run at a later date.

If a candidate and RON draw then the candidate always wins!

 

What is a Manifesto?

Just like in a General Election, each candidate (i.e. party) will create a manifesto. In their manifesto they will outline what their aims are for their year in office, what they pledge to do for their students and outline what experience they have that is relevant to their role. You may ask questions about a candidates manifesto in their Hustings or on social media (if appropriate).

 

What is Hustings?

Hustings takes place on the XXX for Year Reps, XXX for Exec officers and XXX June for Top 4 and Trustees, and it is a chance for the candidates to address voters directly by giving a presentation.  It will also provide the voters with a chance to ask questions and receive direct answers from the candidates.

Year Rep and Exec Officer Candidates will be given 3 minutes each for their presentation. Top 4 and Student Trustee candidates will be given 5 minutes each for their presentation

Once all the candidates for one position have presented, they will all be asked questions as generated by the voters and they will then have one minute each to answer them. New to 2016, candidates may be asked a minimum of two individual questions each. This is your chance to grill candidates on their manifesto!

All are in XXX at XXX

 

What is Single Transferable Vote (STV)?

Single Transferable Vote is a voting system designed to minimise the number of ‘wasted’ votes. An elector’s vote is initially allocated to their preferred candidate, however if their preferred candidate is subsequently eliminated their vote will be passed on to their second choice candidate.

As an example, imagine that your friend is going to the School Shop to buy their lunch. You ask them whether they could buy you lunch as well and they ask what you would like. You reply by saying that you would like a ham sandwich, if they don’t have that then you would like a cheese sandwich and if they have neither then you will have anything.

In this example, ‘ham’ is your first choice, ‘cheese’ is you second choice and ‘no further preferences’ is you third choice. If ‘ham’ gets eliminated then you move on to ‘cheese’ etc. Therefore, you fill in your ballot like below.

Ham

1

Chicken

 

Cheese

2

Re-Open Nominations (RON)

 

No further preferences (NFP)

3

 

However, maybe you only like ham sandwiches and if they don’t have ham then you don’t want anything else. In this case you can vote for RON, which means you are voting against the other options. If this is what you want to do, then you fill in you ballot like below.

Ham

1

Chicken

 

Cheese

 

Re-Open Nominations (RON)

2

No further preferences (NFP)