HSF election process underway

by | Jan 24, 2014 | News

Kathleen Jolly

The nomination period for the next Humber Students’ Federation executive team has begun.

Students who want to be part of the HSF 2014-2015 student executive team have until Feb. 7 to submit nomination packages.

The available HSF positions are president, four vice-presidents (two for North campus and two for Lakeshore), and board of directors.

“All students who submit a completed package have to go through a verification process, and once the students are verified as a candidate then all the names will be released for who will be running for what position,” said Natalia Toussaint, HSF’s chief returning officer who oversees the election process.

Toussaint will look over candidates’ applications to ensure they are eligible.

“To be eligible as a candidate, students must be considered a full time student, and they must have a GPA of 70 per cent or higher per semester, so we do look at transcripts and grades, just to make sure that you are qualified as a student,” Toussaint said.

“School is your first priority,” she added.

Students also need at least 200 nomination signatures.

The election process has three phases, starting with the nomination process, which began Jan. 6.

“First one is [the] nomination period where students gather signatures. Second one is the campaigning period where they actually state their platform to students, then there’s an actual voting period, which is when students actually cast their vote for their candidates,” said Toussaint.

Campaigning begins Feb. 24 and ends March 7. After the campaigns students will be able to place their votes from March 10 to 14.

HSF president Timothy Brilhante knows the election process all too well and had only positive things to say about his experiences.

“I was not successful the first time that I put in my hat for president, and I learned a lot from that experience, and actually gained an idea of how to better set up a campaign for next time,” he said.

Colin McMaster, 21, a Humber hotel and restaurant management student, sees the benefits of the HSF elections from a voter’s perspective.

“Who we vote for, it’s always good to know, because they’ll be able to make life easier for us here and make it better for us,” he said.