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USI Election Regulations

USI Officerboard Election Campaign

In USI we want to ensure that all candidates have a fair and enjoyable election campaign. The below regulations are set out to ensure that there is an even playing field for all candidates, and that each candidate can participate fully in the elections. Information is provided on the Elections Hub section of so as to inform the USI membership of who the USI Officerboard candidates are, and also to keep the candidates up to date with information in relation to the election campaign.


All communiqué in relation to the election campaign should be to


Elections Regulations

  1. Nominations
    1. A candidate must be nominated by two Students’ Unions in membership of USI.
    2. Nominations should be submitted, with a date, on Union headed paper, signed by the President (or acting President) of the nominating Students’ Union.
    3. Nominations should be submitted in the form:

“I, [NAME], President of [Students’ Union], wish to nominate [Candidate] who is [a student member of [Students’ Union] / a member of USI Officer Board / a Sabbatical Officer at [Students’ Union] to stand for the position of [Officership].  Signed: [Name].

    1. Nominations should include the contact details of the candidate, to include email address and mobile phone number.
    2. A candidate who is not a member of the National Council must provide a current valid ID or letter of proof of membership of their Students’ Union, certified by their institution.


  1. Election budget

As per Congress policy, a spending limit of €350 per candidate is imposed on campaign materials.  Evidence for budget spent must be submitted to USI Elections Sub-Committee by 5pm on March 27 2017.


  1. Official statements in Congress Document CD1

A candidate must submit a personal statement of no more than 400 words in either Word or TXT format and a headshot photo showing only the candidate, preferably against a plain white background.


  1. Manifesto

USI will endeavour to keep the membership as informed as possible about the upcoming USI Officerboard elections, and who the candidates are. As such, USI will upload candidates’ manifestos on to Elections Hub section. Manifestos must be submitted by 12pm on 28th of February.

Note: manifestos can be updated in the interim between the submission deadline and opening of Congress.


  1. Official Hustings

USI runs one official hustings event at Congress, where each candidate will have the opportunity to address the whole electorate and to answer questions. Attendance at this hustings event will be facilitated by USI for all candidates, whether or not they are delegates at the Congress, subject to the terms of the Safety Protocol for Congress.


  1. Video statements

USI facilitates the production of one video statement plus Q&A with each candidate. These are filmed at one location and at one time to facilitate the candidates. Please see below for details on the video statements.


  1. Unofficial Hustings

USI does not formally participate in any other hustings or election event prior to Congress.


  1. Conduct.

Candidates for USI elections are required to comply with USI’s mandatory policies on cyberbullying. At Congress, candidates, whether delegates or not, will be required to abide by the general conduct regulations (Safety Protocol) for the Congress.



Item Due before
At least two nominations per Regulation 1 5pm on Close of Nominations Date 20 February 2017
Proof of membership as per Regulation 1 g 5pm on Close of Withdrawals Date 27 February 2017
Video Hustings Filmed in USI HQ on 28th February 2017, or submitted by 5pm on the same day
Photo and Statement as per Regulation 3 12pm on 28 February 2016



Pledge of Conduct

USI Elections are an opportunity to showcase the candidates’ vision for the future of the role they wish to fill and the future of our movement. As a result, all candidates are asked to sign up to and abide by the following pledge of conduct.

Candidates may have legitimate disagreements and differing opinions on issues. I pledge to concentrate on the issues during the campaign.

Every MO in USI is equal and every delegate has an equal vote. I pledge to recognise that and reflect it in my campaigns

People put great effort into their campaigns. I pledge to respect the materials produced by other candidates and won’t allow my campaign team to do anything to restrict their distribution and availability to students and voters

There are now spending limits on USI elections. I pledge to stick to the spirit and letter of the limits to ensure a fair election


Video Hustings for USI Positions will take place on Tuesday 28th February 2017, and will be recorded at USI HQ in Dublin. 

1. Why are you running for this position
2. What will be your priorities for the year
3. What do you see are the major challenges for USI in the next 12 months.

You have up to a minute to answer but don’t need to use the full minute. Additionally if you wish you may include up to a three minute introduction speech.

Each candidate will be given 3 minutes for their pitch and one further minute at the end of questions to recap on their pitch.

Pitch (3 mins)

Answers (1 min per answer)

Recap (1 min).

At USI HQ we will record these against a USI backdrop.

If you are not able to make it to USI for the hustings, and you would like to participate in the video hustings, you should make arrangements to film your own pitch, question answers and send them by email to USI before 5pm on Tuesday evening.  The video must be filmed on a plain background, and no sound or special effects added. Any video with special effects, text, or sound added will not be uploaded on to any USI communication channels.

Equally, if you would like to opt not to participate in the video hustings, please indicate so.