2011 CSA Elections: The results are in!
Monday, March 21, 20110 Comments
L to R: Lauren Ramsay, Joshua Ofori-Darko, Jessica Carter, Demetria Jackson, Derek Alton
Five days. Five executives.
Preliminary results for the 2011 Central Student Association Elections were released early Monday following a week of online voting.
Just over 4,000 undegraduate students at the University of Guelph, or 21.5 per cent of eligible voters, cast ballots to elect the five commissioners to serve on the CSA Executive Committee, according to results released by Chief Elections Officer Jakki Doyle.
Voters re-elected Demetria Jackson, the current CSA Communications and Corporate Affairs Commissioner, for a second term on the executive as External Affairs Commissioner.
Jackson beat out the next closest candidate, Martin Straathof, by nearly 500 votes.
Jessica Carter edged out Drew Garvie by a razor-thin margin to win the race for Academic and University Affairs Commissioner.
The difference between them was nine votes, leaving open the possibility of an appeal or recount.
Derek Alton won the race for Local Affairs Commissioner, besting David Nguyen by just over 400 votes.
Voters also acclaimed by wide margins the candidates for Communications and Corporate Affairs, Lauren Ramsay, and Human Resources and Operations, Joshua Ofori-Darko, who were both running uncontested.
Two groups fielding referendum questions in this year's election were rewarded for their efforts, convincing students to support proposed increases in student levies by wide margins.
Students voted to give the U of G chapter of World University Services of Canada an extra 71 cents per semester towards a program that sponsors refugees from abroad to study in Guelph.
Voters also approved a $58 per year levy on incoming students to offset certain costs associated with Orientation Week programming.
Undergraduates in the College of Applied and Social Sciences, the College of Biological Sciences and the College of Arts also elected their representatives on the CSA Board.
Quorum for candidate elections is 10 per cent of eligible voters and 20 per cent for referenda.
In an email, Doyle noted that "significantly fewer people" voted this year when compared to the 2010 CSA elections. Approximately 26 per cent of eligible undegradates cast ballots last year.
CSA Election Breakdown:
Ballots sent: 18,852
Completed ballots*: 4,053 (21.5 %)
CSA Board of Directors: Executive Committee
Academic & University Affairs Commissioner
Benjamin Bond 772
Jessica Carter 1203
Drew Garvie 1194
Ali Zaki 458
None of the Candidates Listed 140
Communications & Corporate Affairs Commissioner (Lauren Ramsay)
External Affairs Commissioner
Demetria Jackson 1817
Shaun Karey-McKenna 323
Martin Straathof 1354
None of the Candidates Listed 185
Local Affairs Commissioner
Derek Alton 1833
David Nguyen 1436
None of the Candidates Listed 257
Human Resources & Operations Commissioner (Joshua Ofori-Darko)
CSA Board of Directors: At-large representatives
College of Biological Science At-Large Representative (select 2)
Jason Gallina 620
Kinnison Ma 533
Jihee Park 352
None of the Candidates Listed 62
College of Arts At-Large Representative (select 2)
Jodie Lalonde 459
Sylvie Vigneux 453
None of the Candidates Listed 49
College of Social and Applied Human Sciences At-Large Representative (select 2)
Amy Bronson 593
Peter Miller 455
Christina Thompson 377
None of the Candidates Listed 77
Question: "Do you support an increase of the WUSC student fee from $1.15 to $1.86 per semester for both part-time and full-time students indexed to the cost of living? "
Question: "Do you agree to an Orientation Week fee of $58 that is charged only to new, semester-one students and increases annually at the rate of inflation, for the purposes of eliminating most O-Week user fees, providing the cost of six meals per student, offering a concert, improving the quality of the week and reducing corporate sponsorship?"
*Note – for all questions, the difference between sum of respondents and 4,053 is the number of people who selected nothing for a particular question.