ASU General Election: What You Need to Know

The 2018 ASU General Election has begun, promising two weeks of exciting campaigning. The entire Students’ Representative Council is up for election for the 2018-19 academic year, with changes in the dynamic of our student government expected.

What is the Students’ Representative Council? 

The Students’ Representative Council (SRC) is the governing body of the Acadia Students’ Union, responsible for representing students across campus. All students are automatically members of the Union by virtue of paying student fees. SRC is responsible for determining major policy initiatives, such as referenda, the appointment of certain officials like the VP Finance & Operations, hosting programs, and sending recommendations to larger forums like the University Senate or the Board of Governors.

Which positions are up for election? 

The Executive Board, consisting of:

  • President
  • Vice President Student Life
  • Vice President Events & Promotions
  • Vice President Academic & External

The VP Finance & Operations position is not elected but appointed by the ASU Hiring Board. 

Non-executive positions include:

  • Student Board of Governors Representative
  • Community Relations Officer
  • Sustainability Officer
  • Equity Officer
  • Arts Senator
  • Science Senator
  • Professional Studies Senator
  • Councillor x4

First Year Officer is elected in a by-election in the fall, along with any other unfilled positions. 

Are there debates? 

Executive candidates will debate on the Main Level of the SUB at 5:30 on Monday February 5th. Non-executive candidates will debate at 5:30 on Tuesday February 6th. The Athenaeum and Axe Radio are co-sponsoring a debate held on Axe Radio on Friday February 9th from 5:30-8:30. The schedule is as follows:

  • 5:30-6:15 VP Student Life
  • 6:15-7:00 VP Events & Promotions
  • 7:00-7:45 VP Academic & External
  • 7:45-8:30 President

When can I vote? 

Every student will receive an email on the morning of February 13th. Voting will commence at 8AM and continue until 4PM on February 14th, with the official results announced at 4:30PM by the Chief Returning Officer.