Megan presented this paper.
Jade asked if a candidate has withdrawn their nomination, can they still re-nominate themselves if nominations are still open? David explained that the precedent has been to not allow this as candidates are told that they cannot change their manifesto once it has been submitted; allowing them to nominate themselves again would allow them to get round this rule. Guy added that it is unlikely that candidates would be able to gain any major advantage by doing this. Ultimately, the decision would be made by the Returning Officer (RO) who would most likely allow the nomination as long as the manifesto has remained unchanged from the original nomination.
Jade asked if the rules for early elimination could be clarified. Guy explained that the RO has requested that ballot papers are not altered once voting has opened therefore candidates who withdraw early will remain on the ballot paper throughout the voting period. The number of votes they recieve will be reported as usual but it will be stated that they have requested early elimination. SUSU will not formally announce the candidates withdrawal, however the candidate can if they want to.
Jade asked if the one week deadline of claiming money back for election material willbe enforced this year? Megan clarified that the claims need to be made within one week; the money can be collected at any time once claim has been processed.
Jade asked for clarification on candidate using student group Facebook pages to promote their campaigns. Megan explained that there is no problem with his, as long as the groups comply with the elections rules regarding publicity.
Rian asked if section 4.10 (removing publicity within 24 hours) included online publicity. Candidates will be advised to remove online publicity.
CM noted that the by law does not mention some areas, specifically stairs, as an area where candidates cannot put their posters. Guy agreed that this should be included in the paper, as well as toilets and cubicles. Areas where publicty is not allowed will be covered in the candidates briefing as well.
Rian asked if mass emails were allowed as part of online campaigning. Guy explained that emails can only be sent to people who have given their consent to be contacted. Mass emails to entire faculties are generally not acceptable.
The committee moved to the vote; 4 voted for. This paper, including the amendments mentioned above, was approved.