Candidacy & Elections
6.1 Election Process
6.1.1 The president and the board of Vice –Presidents of the LSA may run for elections for only two years for any executive board position, in a fair way to keep the chance for new talented and devoted students to drive the LSA into a better level.
6.1.2 Elections for the board of executives or any election of an executive should be communicated 30 days in advance to the voting members.
6.1.3 Elections Candidates and voting members must be informed at least 7 days in advance of the Election Day.
6.1.5 The public, meaning LSA members (regular and associate), have the right to complain to the CSU judicial board which subsequently would do what is necessary based on flagrant derailment from constitution by the executive board.
6.1.6 If possible, a debate session for the candidates of executive positions should be prepared by the current executives in order for the candidates to debate. The LSA members should be invited, and the debate should take place at least 7 days in advance.
6.1.7 In case the board or any executive in power is a candidate for a second year term in the elections of an executive board or an executive, the CSU would set a debate session where new candidates and the old board of any executives from the old board will debate and also where the LSA members would be invited.
6.2 Electoral Committee
6.2.1 The Executive Committee is responsible for the forming of an Electoral Committee, made of two persons, having no intention to run for any position and preferably from the current Executive Committee.
6.2.2 The Electoral Committee is responsible for enforcing and ensuring election laws outlined in this constitution are maintained and respected during the election process.
6.2.3 The Electoral Committee is responsible for distributing, collecting, as well as counting the cast ballots.
6.3 – Candidates
6.3.1 The candidate running for the President position shall be a Concordia undergraduate student, and active member of the LSA for two semesters at least, consecutive or not.
6.3.2 The candidates for the VP positions in the board of the LSA shall be undergraduate Concordia students, regular members of the LSA for at least one semester.
6.3.3 Election Campaign
188.8.131.52 The candidates must submit their candidacy at least 10 days in advance to the association’s executive committee.
184.108.40.206 The candidates should not have access to the LSA contact list, not even through the executive committee or the President.
6.4 – Voting
6.4.1 The officers must be elected by secret ballot at a general meeting in the month of March and supervised by the CSU Chief Electoral Officer.
6.4.2 The winning candidate for each position must receive a plurality of all valid votes cast. In case of an equality vote there would be reelections for the concerned position.
6.4.3 Any candidate running solely for a position must receive a plurality of valid YES votes cast.
6.4.3 Only LSA regular members, having been members for more than a period of 7 days may vote during the elections. Due to fairness for all candidates, members that have not been adequately informed, due to not having received the required information of the elections and all the processes of the elections, are considered ineligible to vote.
6.4.4 The CSU Judicial Board has the right to overrule any electoral disputes.
6.4 The Elected Board
6.4.1 The term of office shall be a one year term.
6.4.2 The LSA board in power must hand over all rights and responsibilities to the newly elected board by the first week of April and notify and make official with the CSU.
Article 7 – Opening Positions in the Board of Executives
The LSA board of executives has the right to open at any time a new Vice President position or other positions that seem necessary for the functioning of the association