KSA 2018 By-Election Results Released

Taken on Oct. 19, 2015. (Laurel L. Russwurm/Flickr)

The preliminary results of the October 2018 Kwantlen Student Association by-election have been announced.

Three new candidates have been elected to positions on KSA Council. Vanshi Kapoor and Amrick Sidhu have been elected to the Business Faculty Representative positions, receiving 99 and 179 votes respectively. Gunjanpreet Kaur, who received 51 votes, and Howie Qu, who received 23 votes, were not elected.

Matthew Yorston has been elected to the position of Health Faculty Representative, receiving 13 votes. Opposing candidate Ismail Duaa received two votes.

Two of the eight total candidates dropped out of the race, both of whom were running for the Students with Disabilities Representative position. Jaskiran Kaur withdrew her candidacy, and Ishita Goyal was disqualified.

The nomination rules state, “Each candidate for Constituency Representative shall be a Member of the Society who self-identifies as a member of the Constituency. A candidate for Constituency Representative must self-identify as a member of the Constituency that they seek to represent by indicating their self-identification on the nomination form.”

Neither of the students who ran for the Students with Disabilities Representative position identify as people living with disabilities, and according to the nomination rules in the KSA Regulations, this makes them ineligible to hold the position.

Even after the election, there are still six vacant representative positions on KSA Council: Students with Disabilities Representative, Academic and Career Advancement Faculty Representative, Design Faculty Representative, Trades and Technology Faculty Representative, Tech/Cloverdale Campus Representative, and one of the four Arts Faculty Representative positions.

The next KSA Council election will be held during the spring semester, when students will vote to decide who fills the 29 seats on council.

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