2010 CSA General Elections: The results are in!
Monday, March 15, 20100 Comments
University of Guelph undergrads turned out in fewer numbers then last year to choose their Executive Commissioners for the Central Student Association.
In seperate referendum questions, students also overwhelmingly endorsed removing bottled water from the student-run Bullring restaurant, and supported funding for the Global Vets student group.
Results of the transit referendum, which will determine whether students get to keep their bus passes for a higher fee, are being kept under wraps until graduate students cast votes in this weeks' GSA Elections.
Results in the CSA General Elections were released late Monday morning [see below]. The results are based on prelimary counts and are considered unofficial until ratified by the CSA Board of Directors. Any appeals must also be dealt with before the results can be considered, noted Communication and Corporate Affairs Commissioner Gavin Armstrong.
At least one appeal has been submitted, Armstrong confirmed. He declined to state the nature of the appeal, citing confidentiality.
"There are always appeals to deal with in this kind of process," he said.
According to Chief Electoral Office Caitlin Vito, just over 24 per cent of eligible voters cast ballots in the CSA General Elections, down from 30 per cent the year before but more than the required quorum of 20 per cent.
Abstentions were also higher. An average of one in five voters chose to abstain, up from 15 per cent the year before, Vito reported.
Executive Election Results
Human Resources & Operations
Nick Stepanov 1767 40.82%
Alexander Moore 1482 34.23%
None of the Above 196 4.53%
Abstain 884 20.42%
Communications & Corporate Affairs
Demetria Jackson 1953 45.10%
Timmie Fortier 1253 28.94%
None of the Above 222 5.13%
Abstain 902 20.83%
Denise Martins 1786 41.31%
Curtis Batuszkin 1406 32.52%
None of the Above 212 4.90%
Abstain 919 21.26%
Anastasia Zavarella 1664 38.48%
Shaun Karey-McKenna 1490 34.46%
None of the Above 241 5.57%
Abstain 929 21.48%
Academic & University Affairs
Kevin Bowman 1252 28.82%
Shireen Noble 1146 26.38%
Roisin Lyder 865 19.91%
None of the Above 202 4.65%
Abstain 879 20.23%
Global Vets Referendum
Question: Given the initiatives and goals that members of Global Vets are engaging in and striving towards, both locally and globally, would you support a student fee of $0.27 per semester to support this program?
Yes 2705 61.51%
No 1193 27.13%
Abstain 500 11.37%
TAP IN! Referendum
Question: In keeping with the Bullring’s commitment to environmental sustainability, do you support the discontinuation of bottled water sales at the Bullring, while continuing to provide drinking water through the existing free filtered water service?
Yes 3772 85.67%
No 422 9.58%
Abstain 209 4.75%