Eli Ridder | Analysis

We are just a weekend away from emails being sent out to University of Guelph-Humber students with digital tickets to vote for who they want as their four representatives at the main Guelph campus Senate.

These senators are the first of a new era of elected student officials that will have to adjust to major funding cuts to universities and colleges across the province, though they aren’t threatened by the optional student fees, which are focused on unions and clubs.

Link: What Does A Senator Do?

Last September there was a Senate by-election because only three individuals ran for Guelph-Humber’s four seats a year ago and, three days away from voting starting across campus, we only have two candidates — Danya Elsayed and Nora Elgharbawy.

And it’s not like the school advertises the Senate with any enthusiasm — normally there is a small poster board propped up near the bottom of the Guelph-Humber campus stairs in the Atrium — so, were there enough senators nominated?

We only know when candidates give an early exclusive to The Avro Post, like Elsayed, or when campaign posters start appearing, such as on Thursday when Elgharbawy put up her posters on campus.

Beyond that, we will be waiting on official announcements, which begs the question if students have enough time to decide to vote for if there is only one weekday where all the candidates have campaign posters up?

Link: Elections 2019

The Avro Post is aware that there is one other candidate that still will be coming forward to run for Senate — but that still leaves us one candidate short. And this third candidate has yet to publicly declare and put up campaign materials as of Thursday evening.

And even if there are four candidates then they would be acclaimed without any votes cast for or against them.

Last year’s Senate by-election had more fanfare and attention then the actual planned election five months previous — and the question remains whether it will happen again this year and will we return to having a by-election again this fall.

Image from Pexels files.


Written by Eli Ridder

Eli Ridder is a freelance journalist. He founded The Avro Post in October 2017. He writes for Breaking911 and Guelph Politico, among others. Feel free to connect at ELIRIDDER@ICLOUD.COM or at ELIRIDDER.CA

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