BY MEGAN LIDDY
As our last article on RON (Re-Open Nominations) mentions, we’re in unchartered territory with 2014’s QUBSU elections. Although there have been uncontested elections in the past, never have so many candidates been unopposed at the same time. There are already multiple versions of ‘Vote RON’ campaigns on Facebook and Twitter. Although it has never happened before, it would seem that if there is ever a time where RON has a fighting chance, this is it. So what happens if the almost impossible happens, and RON wins?
There is a provision within Union procedures for an election to take place if RON wins any or all positions. There is a referendum held in the second week of May each year to ratify any changes to the constitution. If there is a RON win, nominations will reopen in March, with the election to run online in May. This enables any result of the referendum to go to the June Senate meeting.
Although there has never been a RON win in QUBSU history, there has been one occasion within the last ten years where a single position election was held in May. This was due to candidate bereavement close to polling, and all candidates for the position agreed to a postponement.
If RON wins, the losing candidate is entitled to run in a re-election if they wish. If the candidate wins one sixth of the votes cast in their election, they will be entitled to have their deposit returned, which can be put towards re-running. However, in the past the SU Council has voted to return the deposits of candidates who have failed to meet the quota of one sixth of the votes.