CUSA elections see decrease in candidates

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) elections saw a significant decrease in candidates for the 2018 elections. A total of eight candidates—two independents and six from the One Carleton slate—were in the running on the first day of voting (Feb. 7), leaving four positions uncontested. Only the vice-president (student issues) and vice-president (student life) positions held two candidates as the independent candidate for vice-president (finance) dropped out of the race on Feb. 5. CUSA president Zameer Masjedee said he thinks the lack of candidates is partly due to the voter gap between the One Carleton slate and the Change slate in the 2017 elections. A previous article from the Charlatan reported that 3,957 students voted for Masjedee, the One Carleton […]

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Editorial: Electoral offense rulings need to be more transparent

In the recent Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) election, the elections office gave out a number of violations for some electoral offenses—but not for other ones. The role of the elections office in the CUSA elections is to be a bridge between students and the electoral process. The office should make the process accessible and transparent to both candidates and the voting population to ensure impartiality. This year however, the office was not transparent in the way it conducted its business. The violations process was obscure and unclear. When asked by The Charlatan for further clarifications on some electoral violations, the CUSA elections office simply declined to comment on the record time and time again. Students are then left with […]

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Change slate Gmail account reportedly hacked

The Change slate have publicly stated they are not accepting the result of the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) election due to allegations that the Team Change email account was hacked. “An unknown IP address accessed the password-protected email account. The password to this account was changed by the IP address and the recovery phone was removed,” Change stated in a post on their Facebook page. The post alleged the hack came from the CUSA offices, and added that an investigation was filed to the Ottawa police on the morning of Feb. 2. Mark Brown, Information Technology Services (ITS) service desk supervisor at Carleton, said ITS was able to trace the location of the IP address to the fourth floor […]

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Electoral violations issued for slates One Carleton and Change

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) electoral office has issued two offences after four complaints were made on Jan. 30. Zameer Masjedee, presidential candidate for the One Carleton slate, was issued an offence after a non-Carleton student was found to be campaigning for him. Section 16.2 of the CUSA electoral code states that all volunteers in the election must be registered Carleton students. “It’s unfortunate that happened,” said David Andrews, One Carleton’s campaign manager. “[The volunteer] just finished last year, he was here at Carleton, I guess there was a miscommunication.” Andrews said the volunteer in question was not aware of the policy prohibiting non-students from volunteering. “Yes it was an unfortunate mistake, but we’re moving forward and we’re here […]

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Slates vs independent candidates in CUSA elections: What’s the difference?

Walking through the tunnels on a cold winter’s day may seem like a blissful escape from the latest installment of Ottawa’s winter, but at the end of January, it’s near impossible to avoid the flurry of flyers and faces of fellow students as Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) election candidates vie for potential votes. While some students go out of their way to avoid eye contact or wear headphones in a silent plea to be left alone, few can escape being handed a flyer and getting asked to cast their ballots a certain way. But how do CUSA elections really work on campus? We attempt to break it down: The slate-independent rivalry in recent years Under names that suggest unity, […]

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