Elections and Referenda

2018 GSA General Election

Every year, graduate students at the University of Alberta cast votes to elect fellow gradate students to five (5) Directly-Elected Officer positions - President, Vice-President Academic, Vice-President External, Vice-President Labour, and Vice-President Student Services. The Directly-Elected Officers represent graduate students on committees and councils across campus and to all levels of government. Graduate students also elect ten (10) Councillors-at-Large, who sit on GSA Council and represent all University of Alberta graduate students. Click here for information on each of these positions.

Click here for the CRO Decision in the 2018 GSA General Election.

Click here for the 2018 GSA General Election Results.

Click here for a list of candidates for Directly-Elected Officer and Councillor-at-Large Positions in the 2018 General Election.

Click here to watch the 2018 GSA General Election Forum.

The GSA Chief Returning Officer has sent a link to the 2018 GSA General Elections ballot via email to all graduate students eligible to vote.

2018 GSA General Election Timeline 


The 2018 GSA General Election Timeline was approved by the GSA Chief Returning Officer (CRO) in consultation with the GSA Elections and Referenda Committee (GSA ERC). This timeline has been developed in accord with GSA Bylaw and Policy, Section I: Elections, which can be found here.



Topic/GSA Policy

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Nominations Open

  • As per GSA Policy, nominations will open on or about January 30.
  • Nomination forms will be available at the GSA office (1-49 Triffo Hall)
  • Nomination period lasts at least fourteen (14) calendar days from January 30 to February 13.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 1:00 PM (MST) 

Nominations Close

  • Nomination forms will be verified and signed by the CRO or the Deputy Returning Officer (DRO) and an electronic signed copy will be emailed to the Candidate.
  • Late or incomplete nomination forms will not be accepted.
  • Once the CRO verifies a nomination form, Candidates will be listed on the GSA website and will be invited to submit a bio/resume and photo to be posted on the GSA website at the start of the campaign period. 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 2:00 PM (MST)





All-Candidates’ Meeting

  • As per GSA Policy, the All-Candidates’ Meeting is mandatory.
  • Failure to attend without adequate prior notification of at least one (1) hour to the CRO is grounds for disqualification.
  • A scribe will be present at the All-Candidates’ Meeting and, shortly after the meeting, notes will be distributed to all Candidates. 


Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 12:00 AM (MST)

General Election Campaigning Begins

  • As per GSA Policy, the campaign period will begin no earlier than the day following the All-Candidates’ Meeting and will last at least seven (7) calendar days.
  • The campaign period will last sixteen (16) days from February 14, 2018 to March 1, 2018. This includes the two (2) day voting period.

Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 12:00 PM (MST)

*Lunch will be provided*

GSA General Election Forum

  • A forum will be hosted for all Candidates and a video of the forum will be posted on the GSA website.
  • Lunch will be provided at 12:00 PM and the forum will start shortly thereafter.
  • Candidates are asked to arrive at 11:30 AM to meet with the moderator and CRO in advance of the forum.

Tuesday to Friday, February 20 to February 23, 2018



General Election Campaigning Continues

Tuesday February 20, 2018 at 1:00 PM


Posting of Bios/Resumes and Photos on the GSA Website

  • The GSA ERC has determined that the deadline to receive candidate bios/resumes and photos to post on the GSA website is 1:00 PM on Tuesday February 20, 2018. 
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 10:00 AM (MST)

General Election Voting Opens

  • The voting will last forty-eight (48) hours from 10 AM on February 27 to 10 AM on March 1.
  • Campaigning is allowed during the voting period.
Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 10:00 AM (MST)

General Election Campaigning and Voting Close

  • Voting closes at 10:00 AM (MST).

Thursday March 1, 2018 at 12:00 PM (MST)


Deadline for Campaign-Related Expenses and Receipts Submission

  • Following the campaign period, Candidates will be asked to submit to the CRO a report of all campaign-related expenses and associated receipts (either electronically or in hard copy) no later than two (2) hours after the close of the voting period.

Thursday, March 1, 2018 - Tentative



GSA General Election Announcement of Provisional Results

  • Provisional results are results subject to change due to possible outstanding complaints to the CRO and appeals of CRO decisions.
 Friday, March 2, 2018 - Tentative  Deadline to Lodge a Complaint of an Alleged Breach with the CRO
  • This deadline is twenty-four (24) hours after the announcement of provisional results.
 Friday, March 2, 2018 - Tentative   Announcement of Official Results
  • Official results will be announced once the deadline to lodge a complaint of an alleged breach has passed and all processes associated with complaints of alleged breaches have been exhausted.



Past GSA General Elections and GSA Referenda

The results of previous GSA General Elections and GSA Referenda are available in the GSA Elections and Referenda Archive.

A record of GSA Chief Returning Officer and GSA Speaker decisions and appeal decisions are also available in the GSA Elections and Referenda Archive. 


If you have any questions, please contact the GSA Chief Returning Officer at: