Election time is coming soon for positions on the CSA Executive Committees of Cranfield and Shrivenham. Elections are an exciting time of year – it’s when you are able to decide who will represent you in different student officer positions. During the elections candidates will be asking for your vote to help them become your elected representative.

The candidates standing for election as student officers are as follows. Click on a candidate’s name to see their manifesto:

CSA President – Cranfield & Shrivenham

Student Trustee – Cranfield & Shrivenham

Vice President – Cranfield campus
Harirat Mabe YAKUBU

SOM Research Representative – Cranfield campus
Udochukwu Gold UBACHUKWU

SOM Education Representative – Cranfield campus
Krishnanjani VELIVELA

SWEE Education Representative – Cranfield campus

Vice President – Shrivenham campus

Cranfield and Shrivenham campus students will be voting online via a link emailed to your Cranfield email address on the 30 April, 09.00. Voting will be live from 09.00 Tuesday 30 April to 17.00 Thursday 2 May. The subject title of the email will be ‘CSA Elections 2019 – Your Online Voting Link’. This email contains your unique link to the voting area so it’s important to look out for this email.

Read the instructions carefully and then make your votes. Remember, you can only record your vote once (once it is submitted then it is complete) so it is important you take the time to read the candidate manifestos beforehand to decide who you will vote for. Once you start voting, you must complete the process as you will not be allowed to start again once you have left the voting area.

As in all CSA elections, each position will have the option of voting for RON/Other (Re-Open Nominations). This allows you to have the option of not voting for the named candidates. The votes for Re-open Nominations are counted the same as any other candidates’ votes are counted. If Re-open Nominations get more votes than the candidates, a new election will be held.

This election is run by the Single Transferable Vote (STV) method.

The count will take place at 17.30 on 2 May and the results will be announced on the intranet and mycsa website.

What to expect during election season:

• There will be a diverse range of candidates standing for different student positions.
• Candidates will approach you to ask you to vote for them. This could happen on a bus, outside the library or in a shop.
• You can attend the Candidate Question Time 13.00 24th April in the CSA Bar, Cranfield campus, to ask questions to the candidates and find out more.
• They will give you information about why you might want to vote for them
• It is up to you to give each candidate a fair chance by reading their manifestos and deciding who you would like to vote for.

What shouldn’t happen:
• The candidate should never vote on your behalf – that is electoral fraud.
• Candidates should never threaten or intimidate you to vote for them. If this happens you can send a complaint to your CSA.

Why should I vote?

Voting is really easy online but if you need reasons why you should, here are a few:
•It is simple and could make a big difference to students’ lives. Even if you can’t see a benefit for yourself, all the candidates have shown a great deal of enthusiasm, passion and determination. By taking a few minutes to vote, you could help them achieve their goal: making a difference to the lives of Cranfield University students.
•And, most importantly, the more students who vote, the stronger the CSA’s voice will be in representing students.