FAQs - Lent Term Elections 2012


Info for Candidates


How can I nominate myself?
  • Once nominations open on 13 February forms can be completed on the LSESU website.


When does the role begin?

  • All positions start in July and last for one year.


Can I apply for a Sabbatical Position if i'm international student?


What commitments are involved?

  • Sabbatical Officers - Full time, from July 2012 - July 2013.
  • Part Time Officer - One year term alongside your studies. 
  • Democracy Committee - 1 meeting a week.
  • Trustee Board - 5 Meetings a year.
What training is provided?
  • The Students’ Union provides training for all newly elected student officers.
Can I run for one or more position?
  • You can only be elected to one Executive position (which includes sabbatical and part-time positions). You can run for more than one position but if you win the vote for more than one, you will have to chose between them.  
What do candidates have to do?
  • Complete the Nomination Form.
  • Attend the candidates' briefing.
  • Submit a manifesto stating why you're running.
  • Attend hustings events they are invited to.
  • Comply with the Returning Officer's guidelines.
  • Campaign!
Info for Campaigners


What does campaigning involve?
  • Use any ideas you have to try and get students to vote for you, providing that these are not prohibited by the election rules or the Returning Officer. Students who have won elections in the past have tended to rely on a campaign team of their friends who actively go around campus during the two days of polling encouraging students to vote. Posters and flyers are typical but don't limit yourself to this. There is nothing to stop this happening earlier, providing it is after the campaigning start time of 2pm on Thursday October. Many candidates also seek the endorsement of societies
What are the campaigning regulations?
  • It is important that you become familiar with the campaign regulations - these will be made clear at the Candidates Briefing.


Info for Voters


How do I vote?
  • Voting happens online. There are no paper ballots. To vote simply visit  www.lsesu.com/vote and follow the instructions.
When can I vote?
  • Voting opens on February 29 at 10am and closes on March 1 at 7pm.
Who is Re-Open Nominations?
  • Voters can vote for RON just as any other candidate. All candidates have to beat RON to get elected. If this does not happen, a bye-election is held for any unfilled vacancies.


What is STV?

  • Elections for the Trustee Board, Academic Board, Court of Governors and NUS Delegates are decided by Single Transferable Vote (STV). Elections for all Executive positions (where only one candidate is elected) are decided by the Alternative Vote (AV), which is very similar to STV. Both systems involve voters ranking candidates in order. If no candidate scores a decisive victory of first preferences, the losing candidate is elimated and their votes distributed according to second preferences. This process is repeated until a candidate has a decisive majority. With the positions which elect multiple members, the process is repeated until three Trustees or five Democracy Committee members have passed the quota as defined by the STV system.
  • These voting systems mean that it is in candidates' interests to campaign broadly and to try to get a message across to voters even if the candidate believes that specific voters are committed to another candidate as a first preference. Elections at LSE are seldom decided in the first round of voting.
You haven’t answered my question! Who can answer it?


Contact the Democracy Committee on su.democracy@lse.ac.uk or alternatively pop into the activities resource centre and speak to Pete Walley Democracy Co-ordinator.