Executive Committee Elections and Constitutional Referendum

 

 

General information

The election to the 2018 KCGS Executive Committee will take place concurrently with a constitutional referendum.

The ballot will be conducted online, via www.vote.cusu.cam.ac.uk.

The ballot will be open for 48 hours, from midnight at the start of Monday 20 November to midnight following Tuesday 21 November.

All KCGS members are eligible to vote. That is: all graduates, postgraduates, mature undergraduates and clinical medics at King's, who have not resigned their membership of KCGS.

There will be a hustings for the election and referendum, which will take place at 7pm on Friday 17 November in the Graduate Suite. All KCGS members and affilaites are welcome to attend.

 

Elections information

The elections will be held under Single Transferable Vote rules: voters rank candidates in order of preference, with "1" indiciating first preference, "2" second preference, and so on.

The full list of candidates in the election, and their manifestos, can be found here.

Candidates were permitted and enouraged to submit nominations for multiple positions. To ensure that no candidate can be elected to more than one office, the elections are held one after the other in the order in which the offices appear on the candidates page; any candidate who is returned by an election is consequently removed from consideration in subsequent elections.

In adition to the nominated candidates, the option to "Re-open nominations" (or RON) is also a candidate in every election. If the RON option is returned by any election, a by-election will be held for that office within four weeks, and nominations will therefore be re-opened. This mechanism allows for voters to accept or reject any candidate, whether or not there is an opposing candidate standing.

The elections will only be valid if one-fifth of the KCGS Membership cast a vote in any one of the individual elections.

 

Referendum information

The Executive Committee have called a referendum to propose a constitutional amendment.

The referendum question will be: Should the constitution be amended to (a) rename the Junior Member of Council and Governing Body to the Vice-President, and (b) make it simpler to rename officers in future?

You may vote "yes" to approve the amendment, or "no" to reject it.

The full wording of the proposed amendment is available here. The amendment text should be read in conjuction with the current Constitution and Standing orders, which is available here.

Note that constitutional amendment is worded so as to be contingent on three things: (1) the passing of the referendum, (2) the approval of the College Council, and (3) the passing of a number of complementary amendments to the Standing Orders. It will not take effect unless and until all three conditions are met.

Having called the referendum, the Executive Committee acts as the "yes" campaign. The committee have published a short manifesto arguing in favour of the adoption of this amendment.

The "yes" manifesto is avaialble here.

Any member of KCGS is welcome to volunteer to run a "no" campaign, and publish a short manifesto arguing against the adoption of the amendment. None have yet done so.

Click here to submit a "no" referendum manifesto

The referendum will pass if (a) there are at least twice as many "yes" votes as "no" votes and (b) at least 50 members vote "yes"; it will fall otherwise.

 

Campaign rules

  • All participants in the election and referendum must adhere to the KCGS Code of Conduct for Elections and Referenda (including refraning from using pre-existing email lists). Breaches of the code may result in sanctions, up to and including disqualification.
  • For the purpose of the campaign, use of pre-existing email lists is interpreted to include use of pre-existing social media pages, events, groups etc. However, candidates may if they wish set up a new social media page, event, group etc. solely for the purpose of the election campaign.
  • Candidates are not automatically given a campaign budget, and are strongly discouraged from using their own money to campaign. If more than one candidate in a contested election requests this of the Election Administrator, KCGS may disburse a campaign budget from KCGS funds for that particular election.