Posted on August 16, 2021
ANNOUNCEMENT OF 2021 ELECTION SEASON FOR THE 2022 SRC
Date: 16 August 2021
The time has come for the 2021 SRC elections season to commence. The 2021 SRC elections will take place in the midst of extraordinary circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 2021 SRC Elections will be conducted fully online as it was done in 2020, building on the e-voting success that has been built over the past years. The decision was taken to make sure that the negative impact of COVID-19 is minimised and curtailed.
In accordance with Annexure A 2(4) of the Constitution for Student Governance (CSG), the purpose of this letter is to serve as an official announcement, and to declare the 2021 Student Representative Council (SRC) election season open. The 2021 election season starts today, on 16 August 2021, and will run for six-weeks, culminating into the three days of e-voting from 27-29 September 2021.
The 2021 SRC elections will be administered in terms of the Constitution for Student Governance (CSG) as approved by the University Council on 24 June 2020. The Independent Electoral Committee (IEC) in accordance with the constitution for Student Governance (CSG) will manage the elections. Mr Michael Makobe has been appointed as the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) of the Independent Electoral Committee (IEC) and he can be reached using the following contact details: Mobile: +27 (0) 71 200 2381, Email: [email protected]. A dedicated email address is also created to allow students to send all queries related to this season of elections: [email protected]. All election-related structures have been established accordingly, including the IMB and the student IEC. An external auditing firm has been appointed to monitor the electoral procedures and processes.
Nominations for Students to participate in the 2020 SRC Election
Nominations open on 16 August 2021 and close on 27 August 2020 at 16h00. Prospective candidates should make sure that relevant nomination forms are duly completed and submitted to the Independent Electoral Committee (IEC) electronically by 27 August, in order to be considered as a candidate in this election season. In line with the rules in the CSG, no late submissions will be accepted.
Nominations are open for the following elective portfolios:
Continuous voter education will be provided using available communication platforms to ensure that voters are informed, ready and able to cast their votes.
Here is a snapshot of the actual voting process:
We encourage you to participate and there are at least four critical ways in which you should make your mark in this election season:
We call on each of you to participate and vote in this round of elections to enhance democracy and good governance on UP campuses, and to make sure that we have strong and capable student leaders.
Be on the lookout for further information in this regard. There will be announcements in the PDBY, TuksFM, UP website and UP’s official social media platforms, on the student portal and intranet, on the UP mobile APP and on SRC and sub-structures social media accounts. PDBY will produce a special edition of the 2021 Elections, both online and in print, with details of all the qualified candidates and their manifestos. We implore all of you to pay attention and participate at every step of the process.
We look forward to your full commitment and participation to ensure that these processes enjoy the highest level of integrity.
The Constitution for Student Governance has opened channels for broad participation in the SRC from all spheres of student life; this is now the time to make your vote count. The DSA, supported by all departments in the University, is committed to make sure that all election processes enjoy the highest level of integrity, and that we end up with election results that are free and fair.
For all enquiries regarding any of the processes, send an email to this address: [email protected]
Dr Matete Madiba
Director: Student Affairs
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