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MSU Presidential Election 2018

Elections Committee minutes can be found here:

EC - Presidential Fines - January 25 (237 KB)

EC - Presidential Appeals 1 - February 5 (258 KB)

EC - Presidential Appeals 2 - February 15 & 16 (142 KB)

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Electoral Appeal Board overturns disqualifications - Ikram Farah is president-elect of the McMaster Students Union

March 13, 2018 at 16:04 pm

The Electoral Appeal Board met to discuss the appeal of two Elections Committee decisions: the disqualification of Rabeena Obaidullah and the disqualification of Ikram Farah from the 2018 MSU Presidential Election.

Meeting to address each candidate’s appeal separately, the Electoral Appeal Board discussed candidates’ violations and the decisions of the Elections Committee in great detail.

Reviewing all evidence, both candidates’ disqualifications were overturned and both candidates have been reinstated. Ikram Farah is president-elect of the mcMaster Students Union. Final election results are as follows:

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Click here for more information on Electoral Appeal Board meeting 17A (Rabeena Obaidullah). 

Click here for more information on Electoral Appeal Board meeting 17B (Ikram Farah).

Update regarding the 2018 MSU presidential appeal process

February 16, 2018 at 16:34 pm

The appeal process regarding the 2018 MSU Presidential election continues. Ikram Farah, disqualified from the contest on February 5, had her first opportunity to appeal on February 16.  At that meeting, the Elections Committee upheld its decision to disqualify Ms. Farah.  

Since Ms. Farah’s disqualification was upheld upon her first appeal, she now has five days to declare her intent to further progress her appeal to the Electoral Appeal Board. Decisions of the Electoral Appeal Board will be final.

Muhammed Aydin remains president-elect of the MSU. However, election results continue to be unofficial until the completion of the appeals process.

Rabeena Obaidullah was disqualified on election night.  She has already made her first appeal, at which the Elections Committee upheld its decision to disqualify. She has already declared her intent to make her final appeal to the Electoral Appeal Board.

The Electoral Appeal Board will be convened and will hear all relevant cases as necessary in late February or early March. The minutes of all appeals meetings will be made publicly available once completed and subsequently ratified by the Elections Committee.

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MSU presidential appeals meetings results in additional disqualification

February 6, 2018 at 12:53 pm

Upon appeal, the Elections Committee has reconsidered evidence against the campaign of Ikram Farah. Consequently, Ms. Farah has been disqualified from the 2018 MSU presidential election.  In addition, the Elections Committee has upheld its election night decision to disqualify Rabeena Obaidullah.  As a result, Muhammed Aydin is president-elect of the McMaster Students Union. Results remain unofficial at this time and remain subject to further appeal.

On election night (January 25) , the Elections Committee discussed the evidence of violations levied again each candidate, including Ms. Farah. At that time, though Ms. Farah had incurred numerous violations / fines, the level to which they had accrued did not, in the opinion of the Elections Committee, sufficiently effect the integrity of the election. Thus, the Elections Committee did not disqualify Ms. Farah on election night. However, upon the appeal of another candidate at the appeals meeting of February 5, the Elections Committee was compelled to reconsider several pieces of evidence against Ms. Farah’s campaign. Specifically, the Elections Committee reconsidered a complaint presented in the original evidence and have deemed Ms. Farah to have violated: 

4.14 Electronic media (excluding Twitter) must provide a link to the main Elections Department website.

7.9.8 Deliberately violating any rule

On election night, Ms. Farah had already received numerous fines including, but not limited to:

4.1campaigning or advertising an election on Facebook groups, pages, events or chats, except those expressly created to advertise a candidate’s campaign.

4.18 Use of speakers, microphones, or amplifying equipment not provided by McMaster University or the MSU is prohibited.

7.9.8 Deliberately violating any rule (multiple counts)

The combination of violations has resulted in the Elections Committee overturning its election night decision not to disqualify Ms. Farah.

The Chief Returning Officer (CRO) has presented Ms. Farah and Ms. Obaidullah with the evidence used by the Elections Committee in making its decisions to disqualify and uphold the disqualification respectively.  All ballots cast for Ms. Farah and Ms. Obaidullah remain valid preferential ballots in the election. As per Bylaw 10 – Elections, rule 7.1.5 - if a candidate or referendum side is disqualified ... after polling has taken place, the disqualified ... candidate shall be declared “out of the race” and his or her first choice ballot recounted in accordance with the second choice indicated on the ballot. Therefore, at this time, Muhammed Aydin is president-elect of the McMaster Students Union.

Unofficial results:

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Presidential election results remain unofficial at this time. Since Ms. Obaidullah’s election night disqualification was upheld upon her first appeal to the Elections Committee, she now has five business days to declare her intent to further progress her appeal to the Electoral Appeal Board. 

Ms. Farah, by comparison, was disqualified by the Elections Committee at the appeal meeting on February 5 and therefore, has five business days to declare intent to make her first appeal to the Elections Committee.  Ms. Farah would also have the subsequent ability to further her appeal to the Electoral Appeal Board. In all cases, decisions of the Electoral Appeal Board are final.

The formal minutes of the Election Committee's presidential election appeals meeting of February 5 will become publicly available.  The minutes must first be prepared and subsequently ratified by the Elections Committee at a meeting in the near future.  However, all disqualified candidates have already received all relevant documentation and evidence used by the Elections Committee.

Election Committee minutes from election night, January 25

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The votes are in and the results have been ratified by the Elections Committee. Ikram Farah won the 2018 MSU presidential election and is president-elect of the McMaster Students Union. The President takes office on May 1, 2018 but will begin the transition process in the coming weeks.

Voter turnout for the 2018 MSU Presidential election was 28% with 6482 students voting this year.  This marks a dip in McMaster student voter turnout. It is the first time in five years that less than 40% of students voted in the MSU presidential election.

The Elections Committee, charged with overseeing all elections of and within the MSU, has completed the campaign evaluation process by assessing fines and addressing complaints levied against candidates. To that effect, presidential candidate Rabeena Obaidullah was disqualified from the election, due to four independent violations of election rule 4.17 campaigning or advertising an election on Facebook groups, pages, events or chats, except those expressly created to advertise a candidate’s campaign.

The Chief Returning Officer has presented all evidence used by the Elections Committee in making its determination to Ms. Obaidullah.  All ballots cast for Ms. Obaidullah remain valid preferential ballots in the election. As per Bylaw 10 – Elections, rule 7.1.5 - if a candidate or referendum side is disqualified ... after polling has taken place, the disqualified ... candidate shall be declared “out of the race” and his or her first choice ballot recounted in accordance with the second choice indicated on the ballot. 

Round-by-round elections results:

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Results are considered unofficial at this time. All candidates have five business days to appeal their fines and contest the results. Appeals will be heard first by the Elections Committee. Subsequent appeals will be heard by the Electoral Appeal Board. Decisions of the Electoral Appeal Board are final.

The formal minutes of the Election Committee's presidential election fines meeting will become publicly available.  The minutes must be first be prepared and subsequently ratified by the Elections Committee at a meeting in the near future.  However, all presidential candidates have already received all relevant documentation and evidence used by the Elections Committee to determine fines.

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If you wish to file a complaint, please do so by completing the complaint form (link below) and handing the form in to MUSC 201.

Elections Complaint Form

The MSU President is elected annually by the MSU membership as outlined by the procedures in the MSU Constitution and Bylaw 10. The elected candidate will hold office from May 1st to April 30th. The President may carry a course load of not more than three (3) units per academic term. This course load restriction may be waived by a two-thirds majority vote of the SRA.

The President is to serve as the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Spokesperson for the McMaster Students Union and be a voting member of the SRA, the Executive Board, and an ex-officio member of all other MSU committees. As well, the President will chair the Executive Board, Board of Directors and the Presidents' Council. Furthermore, the President will represent the MSU to the University Administration, Hamilton community as well as local, provincial, and national governments and organizations.

Here is some information about the 2018 MSU Presidential Candidates. 

MSU Presidential Candidates

Connor Wong

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Hello MSU Bylaw 2 mandated members of the student body! I am a sixth year engineering physics student who dreams, as do we all, of one day saying “not today thanks” to calls from the university asking for alumni donations. As this is very much my final year here, I felt it would be both fun and educational to figure out what exactly the MSU does. Join me. Join us, and together we shall rule the MSU as student and other, similar students.
 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wongwongwongwongwongwongwongwong/
Website: wong2018.com
 

Ikram Farah

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Hey, what's up? I am a fourth year Labour Studies and Political Science student from Mississauga. I recognize the university experience is not perfect. Through a holistic approach, I acknowledge there are issues that students face at home, in the classroom, on campus, and in the community. #FillTheGaps is a vision for McMaster that is informed by identifiable issues on campus that have yet to be addressed and implemented. This is a platform that seeks to engage students and draws on diverse experiences to find solutions. Collectively, we are creating a movement to bring campus communities together and help #FillTheGaps.

 
 

Kirstin Webb

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Hi friends! I'm a fourth year Social Work student from Dundas, who found her home in Hamilton and at McMaster. I am someone who loves coffee, the colour green, and Harry Potter. I also love politics, working with people, and being part of the process that makes things better. I have been an author of a policy on Academic Success, an organizer of a women's rights group in Hamilton, and a student representative throughout my time here at Mac. These are only a few of the things that I have done, and that ground me in my work to better our community. But, what I want to talk about through this campaign is, you. What do you want to see from an MSU President? Who are you? I want to know. I want to raise your voice through this role, and I can't wait to work together to do so.
 
 

Kyle Pinheiro

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Who is Kyle
 
I'm just a guy. An ordinary student trying to make a difference in light of my limited experience and resources. I love football and I love my New England Patriots. I love playing guitar and writing music. And I love politics and the desire to make a difference for others. I don't have the MSU experience others do. I don't have a massive network of people to gather support from. But I do have heart and a will to overcome any obstacle in my way. I never give up and I never listen to those who doubt me or my abilities. I'm on a mission to make a difference by running for MSU President by trying to make changes to McMaster all students can get behind. Yet at my core I still remain just a guy; stepping out of his comfort zone trying to make a difference. 
 
Website: kylepinheiro2018.com
 

Lindsay D'Souza

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Hi there! My name is Lindsay D’Souza and I’m in my 4th year of Honours English with a Specialized Minor in Commerce. These past four years at McMaster has honed a deep passion for investigating issues within our organization and sparks my motivation to pursue the role of MSU President due to my prior involvement in both student services and student governance. My experiences have greatly shaped my interest in pursuing collective success, recognizing diverse bodies of privilege, and critiquing initiatives to gain access to high-quality post-secondary experiences. Before I apply to any position, I always consider 3 important questions before making my decision: Do I feel a responsibility? Am I the best candidate? And will I/others grow from this experience? The answer to all 3 is easy, YES! When not in class or in a meeting, you can find me singing along at live concerts and running in Cootes Paradise.

 

Muhammed Aydin

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Muhammed works towards being a perpetual student, seeker of improvement, and chaser of knowledge. He is currently finishing Honours Life Sciences Co-op at McMaster, and having spent almost six years at the university, he has had the opportunity to participate in a wide array of experiences. His coursework has been in lecture and in the field, taking him to Honduras and Iceland; his work involved being a Peer Career Mentor, various Research Assistants, and a Gymnastics and Parkour Coach; and his volunteering included the Hospital Elder Life Program, an executive role in MSU's SWHAT, president of Hamilton Parkour, and Facility Head at McMaster MSA. With these experiences among others, he tries doing his best to keep moving and progressing. Overall, he aims to continually reflect on life's experiences with the goal of using these to make the world a better place - noting that mindful thoughts lead to thoughtful minds.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/maydin2018/

Website: http://maydin2018.com/

Rabeena Obaidullah

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Over the past few years, McMaster has offered me boundless opportunities that have prepared me for this moment. Beyond any titles I have held, I can honestly say that the most important learning I have done at McMaster has been fostered by the many students who I have had the pleasure of getting to know. I represent a student union that better includes all students in the decision-making process and works to support student empowerment. I understand that each and every one of us is integral to the success of this collective. Together, we each bring forth valuable perspectives that are informed by diverse experiences. That is why my platform strives for interconnectedness and drawing out our individual strengths; this is the key to finding innovative solutions for the challenges we face. Thank you for reading, I look forward to connecting with you and hearing out your ideas!  

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rabeena2018/

Instagram: @rabeena2018finsta

Website: www.rabeena2018.com

 

*Please note a change in the 2018 Presidential Rules Regarding 5.7. See below

5.7. Posters displayed at any one time shall be limited to a total of 200 per candidate. Posters must not exceed 11 x 17 inches.

Please ensure you have the official 2018 Presidential Rules 
 

Calling all MSU Presidential candidates! You can find all the necessary documents below, including the nomination form (hand in to MUSC 201 with payment by Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 5PM) and rules.

If you are running, you must attend the All-Candidates Meeting that will take place Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 6PM in Gilmour Hall 111. Campaigning will start on Sunday January 14, 2018 at 12:00PM (noon). Polling will open online January 23, 2018 at 9AM, and both campaigning and polling will end January 25, 2018 at 5PM.

Attached below is the nomination package:

2018 Presidential Nomination Form

Campaign Team Form

2018 Presidentials_Rule

Expense Form

Bylaw 10

Elections Complaint Form

The MSU President is elected annually by the MSU membership as outlined by the procedures in the MSU Constitution and Bylaw 10. The elected candidate will hold office from May 1st to April 30th. The President may carry a course load of not more than three (3) units per academic term. This course load restriction may be waived by a two-thirds majority vote of the SRA.

The President is to serve as the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Spokesperson for the McMaster Students Union and be a voting member of the SRA, the Executive Board, and an ex-officio member of all other MSU committees. As well, the President will chair the Executive Board, Board of Directors and the Presidents' Council. Furthermore, the President will represent the MSU to the University Administration, Hamilton community as well as local, provincial, and national governments and organizations.



Contact Details

Chloe Deraiche, Chief Returning Officer (CRO)
elections@msu.mcmaster.ca
905-525-9140 ex. 24118

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