To help you navigate our frequently asked questions page you can click on the links below to quickly get to the answer you need.
Can I Run For More Than One Role In An Election?
Can I undertake this role as a job share?
If I am successfully elected, for how long will I be in office?
How does the Voting process work?
What is a Manifesto?
Who do I speak to if I have a complaint?
What are the guidelines for uploading a photograph to my nomination?
No, candidates can only run for one role in each election.
No, unfortunately mandates cannot be shared at this time.
The elected candidates for all positions will spend one academic year in office, from July to June.
City SA uses the Single Transferable Vote (STV) system which provides voters with much more choice and influence. STV means Candidates do not need the majority of votes to win, but instead a “quota” or proportion of the vote. The “quota” is determined by the number of votes cast and the number of posts to be filled.
When voting you will be asked to list your candidates in order of your preference (first, second, third and so on). You can vote for as many or as few candidates as you want.
When voting has closed, surplus votes can be transferred to a further competing candidate (according to the voter's order of preference) if the first choice candidate is eliminated during a count or has more votes than required for election.
Unlike other voting systems, where only a small number of votes actually contribute to the result, STV ensures that very few votes are wasted.
A manifesto gives you an opportunity to tell students why they should vote for you. It outlines what the candidate will do if elected and any relevant experience the candidate has which they feel makes them the best person for the role. For more information, see our guide to writing a manifesto.
We hope that you will be completely satisfied with our elections process. Should you have a complaint we want to work with you to resolve the issues as quickly as possible. All complaints should be made to the Deputy Returning Officer by email - firstname.lastname@example.org using the standard complaints form available on request from the Deputy Returning Officer.
Photos submitted to your nomination form should be a clear portrait shot of yourself against a neutral background (avoid images from events, nights out, etc.) to allow student to easily identify you at point of voting.
City SA gives all candidates the opportunity to have a headshot photo taken on a professional camera. These photos will be taken in a way that meets our guidelines.