Presidential Election 2017

The votes are in and the results have been ratified by the Elections Committee. Chukky Ibe won the 2017 MSU Presidential election and is President-elect of the McMaster Students Union. The President takes office on May 1, 2017 but will begin the transition process in the coming weeks.

Voter turnout for the 2017 MSU Presidential election was 41.6% with 9327 students voting this year. This rate continues the impressive upward trend in McMaster student voter turnout, and marks five consecutive years with more than 40% of students voting 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. Results are considered unofficial at this time, as all candidates have five business days to appeal their fines and contest the results. Appeals would be heard first be the Elections Committee, and a subsequent appeal would be heard by the Electoral Appeal Board. Decisions of the Electoral Appeal Board are final.

Round by round breakdown of results:


For more information, please contact:

Helen Zeng
Chief Returning Officer



Campaigning has officially begun! Here is some information about the 2017 MSU Presidential Candidates. 

MSU Presidential Candidates

Chukky Ibe 


Hello Friends, 
I could write you a list of titles I have held, but titles don’t say everything. I love people, relationships, and community. I spend most of my time teaching poetry and literacy skills to newcomers. I currently work at City Hall. While on the SRA, I got Innis library open until 3am. My platform is about collaboration and innovation to solve your problems. We are Better Together. I am in my last year, Double Major Political Science and communication Studies with a minor in Econ. I am excited to listen to your ideas and to share my own! 



Aquino Inigo


My name is Aquino Inigo and I am a fourth year Honours Life Sciences student. My time here at McMaster has been nothing short of incredible. I have met amazing individuals, built lasting friendships, and learned a whole lot about myself. I believe in the phrase "Home is not a place, it's a feeling". Mac is my home. I want it to be your home too. I want to continue our hard work to improve our education, student life and our community. I would like your help to make this happen because we truly are better together!



Patricia Kousoulas


I am over the moon with excitement to be running to be your McMaster Student President. After almost four years of studying Life Sciences, I've realized that I'm much more passionate about Life than I am about Science. By that, I mean that I really love people. My Mac experience has been all about building up the leaders and students around me to create a strong community within the Science faculty. Now, I'm excited to bring that passion to the MSU, working for all McMaster students. If I see you around campus, I would love to chat with you!



Shaarujaa Nadarajah


Shaarujaa Nadarajah is a die-hard Shonda Rhimes fan and a strong advocate of #TGIT. Going into her fourth year of Honours Life Sciences, she worked as the Vice-President Administration of the McMaster Students Union this past year. Most of her undergrad was spent volunteering with McMaster Relay for Life in the clubs department and being a Student Representative Assembly (SRA) member for Science. Passionate about Coldplay, microwavable KD, and student life, she is always looking for ways to give back to the community.



Matt Vukovic


For those who don’t know me, I’m in my fifth year of Engineering Physics and Management. For those who thought they knew me, surprise! I have a real last name. And for those of you who could care less, I firmly believe that I could possibly be the right choice for you...maybe. I enjoy long walks on the beach and artfully manipulating the word counts of my bios.


Leanne Winkels


I decided to run for MSU President because I want to create a difference on this campus. My slogan 'Breaking Down Barriers' addresses divisions on campus as well as other barriers that students face. Throughout my time at Mac I have enjoyed the sense community, I want to encourage this, while enacting feasible changes that are more inclusive to the different aspects of the student body. My platform and the changes we make do not require increasing the tuition of students, this was a conscious choice, we as students cannot sustain a continued increase in tuition.  




Nomination Information:

If you're interested in running for MSU President, you can find all the necessary documents below, including the nomination form (hand in to  MUSC 201 with payment by Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 5PM) and rules. Also check out our How Do I Run? page for a how-to guide!

2017 MSU Presidential Rules 

(Please note the addendum in Rule 4.6.)

2017 Presidential Nomination Form
2017 Presidential Campaign Team Form
2017 Expense Form

Complaints can be handed to the Returning Officers, MUSC 201, or e-mailed (as a PDF) to election@msu.mcmaster.ca (with title: YOUR NAME complaint against COMPLAINEE NAME) and attached evidence.

2017 Presidential Complaint Form 

If you are running, you must attend the All-Candidates Meeting that will take place Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 6PM in Gilmour Hall 111. Campaigning will start on Sunday January 15, 2017 at 12:00PM (noon). Polling will open online January 24, 2017 at 9AM, and both campaigning and polling will end January 26, 2017 at 5PM. 

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.

Email the Returning Officers at elections@msu.mcmaster.ca for more information on the election.


Tips & Insight: 

Former MSU President, Mary Koziol created a guide on running in MSU elections, focusing on presidentials. This guide includes Mary's insight as well as insight from other students who have participated in elections. 

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