Elections and Referenda

2019 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 a list of candidates for Directly Elected Officer and Councillor-at-Large Positions in the 2019 GSA General Election.



Click here to watch the 2019 GSA General Election Forum. 


Click here to view the results in the 2019 GSA General Election.


2019 GSA General Election Timeline 


The 2019 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

Thursday, 31 January 2019

Nomination Period Opens

  • As per GSA Policy, nominations will open on or about 31 January.
  • Nomination forms will be available at the GSA office (1-49 Triffo Hall)
  • Nomination period lasts at least fourteen (14) calendar days from 31 January to 14 February.

Thursday, 14 February 2019 at 1:00 PM (MST) 

Nomination Period Closes

  • 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. 

Thursday, 14 February 2019 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. 


Friday, 15 February 2019 at 12:00 AM (MST)

General Election Campaign Period 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 thirteen (13) days from 15 February 2019 to 28 February 2019. This includes the two (2) day voting period.

Tuesday to Friday, 19 February to 22 February 2019


General Election Campaigning Continues


    Friday 22 February 2019 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 Friday, 22 February 2019. 

    Monday, 25 February 2019 at 12:00 PM (MST)

    *Lunch will be provided*


    GSA General Election Forum

    • A forum will be hosted for all candidates. A recording of the livestream 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/DRO in advance of the forum.
    Tuesday, 26 February 2019 at 10:00 AM (MST)

    General Election Voting Period Opens

    • The voting will last forty-eight (48) hours from 10 AM on 26 February to 10 AM on 28 February 2019.
    • Campaigning is allowed during the voting period.
    Thursday, 28 February 2019 at 10:00 AM (MST)

    General Election Campaign and Voting Period Close

    • Voting closes at 10:00 AM (MST).

    Thursday, 28 February 2019 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, 28 February 2019 - 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, 1 March 2019 - 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, 1 March 2019 - 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: