Proclamation of the 2020 MSU Presidential Election + HSR Bus Pass Referendum

December 2, 2019 at 09:00 am

The nomination period for the MSU Presidential Election is open from December 2, 2019 to January 15, 2020 at 5 PM. All MSU members (students enrolled in 18 or more units) are able to nominate themselves for the position. Nominees must use the Presidential Election Nomination form, which requires 15 signatures of MSU members, and submit the form to the MSU Main Office (MUSC 201) by the January 15 deadline. Forms can be found at  or as hard copies inside the MSU Main Office (MUSC 201).

The all-candidates meeting will take place during the evening of January 15, 2020 (room and time TBA). The campaigning period will occur from January 19 at 12 PM until January 30 at 5 PM. During this time frame, there is a Candidate Meet & Greet on January 21, from 6 - 8 PM at TwelvEighty, as well as a debate on January 23, from 3 - 5 PM in MUSC atrium.

Online voting will take place from January 28 - 30, 2020, closing on 5PM on the last day. Students will vote by logging in with their MAC ID at

"As members of the MSU we have a responsibility and right to vote for our elected student leaders, including the MSU President,” says Stephanie Dephoure, Deputy Returning Officer. “The individual in this role has a responsibility to advocate on behalf of students and shape the student experience at McMaster presently and in the future. It is important to exercise our right to vote so that we can promote positive change in the McMaster community for years to come." 

The President serves as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and acts as the chief spokesperson of the MSU. They are elected annually during an at-large election for a one-year term by full-time McMaster undergraduate students, as outlined by the procedures in the MSU Constitution and Bylaw 10. The elected candidate will hold office from May 1 until April 30 of the following year. During their time in office, the President is a voting member of the Student Representative Assembly and the Executive Board, in addition to being an ex-officio member of all other MSU committees. Moreover, the President represents the MSU to the University, Hamilton community, and all levels of government.

For more information, please contact:

Peter Belesiotis and Stephanie Dephoure
Chief Returning Officer and Deputy Returning Officer  /
905-525-9140 ext. 24118

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