The Spring election dates for the UTMSU and the UTSU campaigning period will overlap this year, according to details released by the UTSU.
UTMSU’s campaign period will run from March 12th to the 22nd, while UTSU’s campaigning period will run from March 19th to the 26th.
Last year, the two unions had their election period coincide due to a miscommunication resulting in tensions, as dates for the elections are typically established separately.
The election schedule was approved at UTSU’s February 11th board meeting, according to the union president Mathias Memmel.
Minutes from the UTSU’s board of director meeting from February 11th reveal that UTSU’s 2018 election dates were “selected with the election dates of other divisional student societies in mind.” The meeting minutes go on to state that “[Memmel] did the necessary work to ensure that the election dates are compliant with the Associate Membership Agreement with the UTMSU.”
The meeting minutes report that the nomination period for UTSU are slated to begin on March 5th and will last until March 16th. The UTMSU’s nomination period, also beginning on March 5th, will wrap-up nearly a week earlier, on March 9th.
UTMSU’s president Salma Fakhry did not respond to The Medium’s request for comment regarding the upcoming elections.
According to their website, the voting period for the UTMSU elections will last from March 20th to March 22nd, beginning at 9 a.m. and concluding at 6 p.m. each day. Comparatively, the UTSU voting period is slated to begin at midnight on March 26th and will conclude on March 28th, 2018 at 6 p.m.