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UTGSU 2021-2022 Elections results

The Votes are in! The elected candidates are:

Academics & Funding Commissioner, Divisions 1 & 2: Dhanela Sivaparan

Academics & Funding Commissioner, Divisions 3 & 4: Danielle Karakas

Civics & Environment Commissioner: AnNoura Compaore

External Commissioner: Justin Patrick

Finance Commissioner: June Li

Internal Commissioner: Sarah Alam

University Governance Commissioner: Lwanga Musisi

Thank you to all the candidates who ran, and all the students who actively engaged in the governance of their Graduate Students’ Union. 

Elections Timeline

Nomination Period Opens: February 18th, 2021 at 12:01am
Nomination Period Closes: March 19th, 2021 at 7:30pm
All Candidates Meeting: March 20th, 2021 at 11:00am (all candidates are required to attend)
Campaigning Period Begins: March 24th, 2021 at 12:01am
Campaigning Period Ends: April 3rd, 2021 at 11:59pm
Voting Begins: March 31st, 2021 at 12:01am
Voting Ends: April 3rd, 2021 at 11:59pm
Appeals Deadline: April 6th, 2021 at 11:59pm

How to Run in this By-Election

Interested applicants must write to the CRO directly at: cro@utgsu.ca

In your application include your name, email address, phone number, student number and name of program. Applications without a contact phone number will be rejected. You must indicate which one of the 7 positions you are applying for. You can only apply for one position. You must include a separate list with the names of 15 students who wish to nominate you.

Candidates are required to have 15 students nominate them to run for a position. These students must be UTGSU members. In other words the students must be enrolled in a Graduate Program at the University of Toronto. Undergraduate Students cannot nominate you for a position. Please include the name of the student, their student number & their telephone number. A simple way to have students nominate you is to make an announcement at the beginning of one of your classes. You can always ask one of your professors if you can make an announcement before the beginning of your classes.

You can send a Candidate Statement up to 800 words with your application. If your statement is over 800 words then only the first 800 words will be included. It is up to you to decide how much of the allotted 800 words you wish to use. Your statement must be typed in size 12 font in Times New Roman. Do not include any websites or hyperlinks in your statement. The CRO will discuss Social Media campaigning with you in the All Candidates Meeting. Do not include bullets or fancy graphics in your 800 word statement. Your statement is just in plain size 12 times New Roman text. If you wish to list achievements you can list them using numbers or letters or just write them in sentences. It is the best interest of the candidate to have a statement. Voters normally make their decision on the basis of the written statement. Please send in your statement with your application. I will not be accepting late statements. The list with the students nominating you must not be included in your personal statement. This is a separate list. Your statement is due by March 19th at 7:30 pm.

Please include a photo of yourself with the application. Your photo will not be posted on any website. Voters will be able to see your photo once they log into Simplyvoting. Members of the general public will not be able to see your photo. Do not insert your photo inside your candidate statement. Please include your photo in the same email with your application. The CRO has the right to change dates due to unforeseen circumstances.

Executive Position Descriptions

You can find the Executive position descriptions in the UTGSU Bylaw (starting at page 31) by clicking here.

Updated Elections and Referenda Code

Voting will open on March 31st, 2021 at 12:01am and ends on April 3rd, 2021 at 11:59pm.

Only Graduate Students at the University of Toronto are allowed to vote in this election. Undergraduate Students are not allowed to vote. You will require your UTORID and your password to vote.

The voting website will be: https://utgsu.simplyvoting.com

You will be required to rank each candidate with 1 being your first preference (in accordance with UTGSU Bylaw). If you attempt to vote before the elections open, or after they close, you will receive an error message.


Email the CRO Adrian Aziz at cro@utgsu.ca if you have any questions or concerns about the election.