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When are Executive Board Elections held?

CUPE Ontario Executive Board elections are held biennially in even numbered years – meaning Convention 2010 will be an election year.

The election of the Executive Board (except for the representatives of the Provincial Retirees Group and Occupational Groups, visible minority persons and aboriginal persons) are scheduled for the morning of Friday, May 28th, 2010.

Diversity and aboriginal representatives on the Executive Board shall be elected in their respective caucuses.

How are Elections Conducted?

All Executive Board elections are conducted by a secret ballot, one delegate – one vote.  All single positions, such as President and Secretary-Treasurer are elected by simple majority vote. 

All multiple positions (Executive Board and Trustees) are elected by secret-ballot vote, where delegates must vote for a number of candidates based on the total number of positions available.  For example, there are 6 Member at Large positions, so each ballot cast must have exactly 6 different candidate names selected, where each name selected counts as one vote for that candidate.

Given this, the CUPE Ontario constitution states that no candidates shall be elected who receives less than 25 per cent of total votes cast.  In the case that not all positions are filled due to there being less than 25 per cent of total votes cast for the candidate(s) with the highest number of votes, another vote is held for the remaining position(s) using the same block of candidates, minus those candidates that have already been elected.

How can I run for an Executive Board / Trustee position, and what are the election procedures?

To run for an Executive Board or Trustee position at Convention 2010, you must either be nominated on the convention floor by a delegate and accept the nomination, or nominate yourself and have a delegate second your nomination.

You will have the opportunity to speak during an all candidates forum on Thursday, May 27th after convention adjournment for the day.  This is your opportunity to let your fellow members know what issues you stand for and what you intend to do during your term with CUPE Ontario.

The elections are scheduled for the morning of Friday, May 28th, 2010.

The Candidates forum is scheduled for Thursday, May 27th, 2010 on adjournment.


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