FAQs for Candidates
Candidates for election to UNE Council
Frequently Asked Questions
Q1. What are the rules about campaigning in the Council elections?
Q2. Can I use University systems/facilities/mailing lists which other candidates do not also have access to support their campaigns?
Candidates must not use University resources that are not available to other candidates.
If in doubt, please contact the Returning Officer via firstname.lastname@example.org BEFORE using the system, to confirm it is appropriate for you to campaign this way.
Q3. Can I use Facebook and social media to support my election campaign?
A candidate's material on social media will be treated as "election material" under the Code of Conduct for Council Elections and the usual rules apply.
Election materials should be approved by the Returning Officer or Deputy Returning Officer prior to distribution, and this includes materials to be posted on social media.
You are responsible for ensuring that comments/feedback on your material does not breach the Code of Conduct for Council Elections.
Q4. Can I post material on the UNE Website?
Candidate statements and photographs (if provided) will be posted on the Council Election pages on the UNE website. If you wish to post other election material on the UNE website, please email email@example.com to discuss further.
Q5. I am an external student – how can I post notices on campus?
If you wish to post a notice and your election material is approved by return email by the Returning Officer, the Deputy Returning Officer will organise for your notice to be posted on the UNE Council election pages, near the Library, on the notice boards outside of Lazenby Hall, and on the notice boards near the campus services area.
Q6. How is my order on the ballot determined?
The order of the ballot is determined by chance. BigPulse rotates the order of the candidates on the ballot paper each time a vote is recorded, which means that one voter may see a candidate at the top of the ballot paper, while another voter may see the same candidate in the middle of the ballot paper and so on. This system helps to remove any bias from the ballot paper order.