Why Should I care about the BUSU executive elections?
The BUSU executive elections are not about hiring an employee for a position, it’s electing a creative force, policy-maker and platform that will directly affect the lives of students during their time here at Brock and beyond.
Last year, the BUSU executive election broke previous voter turnout records with 5,160 votes. While this is a positive result, and seems to be headed in the right direction, it also means that only 28.4 per cent of students voted.
Recently, BUSU switched to an online voting system through which each student’s individualized voter ballot is mailed to them directly through their Brock University student e-mail address. With no ballots to bring and no polling station to attend, the level of engagement needed to participate in the democratic process is lower than ever, which begs the question of why over 70 per cent of the student population clicked past or ignored their chance to vote?
Many students, despite being members of the students’ union, do not understand what BUSU does, let alone their individual responsibility to choose elected student governors. For those who believe that the stakes of the election are low, nothing could be further than the truth. Transit, affordable food, affordable education, student services and event offerings are just a few of the stakes in this upcoming executive election, and compared to a larger-scale provincial or federal election, these decisions, policies and goals will directly and indefinitely affect the everyday lives of students.
Alumni field, Wellness Week and the forth-coming heated bus shelters are a few examples of the practical changes that can take place when the right executive team, with the right platforms are elected. Next week, when you vote for the Director of the BUSU Board of Directors, Vice President of Finance and Administration, Vice President of External Affairs, Vice President of Student Services and the BUSU President, you’re not just choosing who will fill the position, you’re shaping the future of the student experience at Brock University for years to come.
Campaign period begins for all candidates.
First Candidates Debate – closed to public, live-streamed via BrockTV @ 6:00 p.m.
Second Candidates Debate – Guernsey Market @ 1:00 p.m.
Third Candidates Debate – Isaac’s @ 2:00 p.m.
Voting begins online, via Brocku.ca e-mail.
Campaign period closes for all candidates.
Last day to vote via Brocku.ca e-mail.