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Returning Officer Reports

Our Student Voice Manager oversees the entire process of every election or referendum. 

The Student Voice Manager acts as the Assistant Returning Officer, or ARO for short. Any issues or complaints should be directed to them, whose job it is to ensure that all elections and referenda are fair. All complaints and issues will be dealt with by the RO Team and posted below in the Returning Officer Team Report.

Returning Officer Report: Elections and Referenda 2019

 

 

Candidate (Position)

 

Gabrielle Kear

President of Inclusivity and Diversity candidate

Issue

 

Three separate complaints received regarding campaign in a closed group

Ruling

 

Action queried with candidate, no response received.

Candidate instructed to stop campaigning in closed groups.

Justification

 

Election rule 4.7 confirms that “no candidate or member of a campaign team may use existing social media closed groups on social media for campaign purposes”

Date

15/03/2019

Submitted by:

Student x 2 and Erin Pettit (President of Sport candidate)

 

 

 

 

Candidate (Position)

 

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Incident summary

 

Removal posters in Student Central

Ruling

 

Complaint not upheld

Justification

 

No evidence submitted.

Date

15/03/2019

Submitted by:

Daniel Ingram (President of the Students Union candidate)

 

 

 

 

Candidate (Position)

 

Referendum Yes Campaign

 

Incident summary

 

Four points of complaint made regarding:

  • Clarity / appropriateness of referendum process
  • Negative campaigning
  • Language used
  • Unfair advantage caused by the Yes campaign being launched before the no campaign

 

Ruling

 

Complaints not upheld

Justification

 

  • HUU Articles followed for referendum
  • Interpretation of campaign materials
  • Rules followed and information regarding the referendum and campaigning options published via www.hulluniunion.com

 

Date

14/3/2019

Submitted by:

Student

 

 

 

Candidate (Position)

 

Thomas McNamara

President of Activities candidate

Incident summary

 

Factual accuracy of ‘Question Time’ statements.

Ruling

 

Complaint not upheld

Justification

 

Insufficient evidence submitted.

Date

13/03/2019

Submitted by:

Student

 

 

Candidate (Position)

 

Gabrielle Kear

President of Inclusivity and Diversity candidate

Issue

 

Late submission of campaign expenses and receipts 1 hour and 40 minutes after the deadline.

Ruling

 

Candidate told to stop campaigning with immediate effect at 14.30.

 

Justification

 

HUU rules stipulate that the campaign expenses deadline is 12 noon on 15th March.

Date

15/3/2019

Submitted by:

Returning Officer Team

 

 

Candidate (Position)

 

Simeon Orduen

President of Education candidate

Issue

 

Campaign budget overspent by £2.22

Ruling

 

Candidate and campaign team told to stop campaigning at 14.00 on 15/03/19, one hour earlier than other candidates.

 

Justification

 

HUU rules explicitly state that ‘President candidates may spend no more than £75.’

Date

15/3/2019

Submitted by:

Returning Officer Team

 

 

Candidate (Position)

 

Danny Ingram 

President of the SU candidate

Issue

 

Complaint received regarding negative campaigning from a member of Daniel Ingram campaign team.

 

Ruling

 

Complaint upheld and warning issued that campaigning should focus on candidate policies.

 

Reminder sent to all candidates regarding positive policy based campaigning.

 

Justification

 

Election rule 4.2 ‘Campaigning is limited to positive use only. Candidates may question and criticise other candidates’ policies but must not refer to their personality or character.’

 

Date

14/3/2019

Submitted by:

Student

 

Candidate (Position)

 

Hannah Lightley

President of the SU candidate

Issue

 

Complaint received regarding

  • Use of HUU produced marketing materials in candidate social media campaign.
  • Unfair advantaged gained through the support of an existing President.

Ruling

 

Complaint regarding marketing materials upheld and request that materials be removed and an apology provided.

Complaint regarding unfair advantage gain through support of an existing President not upheld.

Justification

 

Election rule 5.10 ‘Candidates may not use any publicity materials which is unavailable to other candidates and which gives them an unfair advantage’.

Date

14/3/2019

Submitted by:

Student

 

Name

 

Election Candidates

 

Issue

 

General complaint regarding derogatory language used by some candidates – candidates not identified in complaint.

Ruling

 

Reminder of positive campaign rules and the need for respect for fellow students send to all candidates.

Justification

 

HUU rules commit to ‘positive campaigning’.

Date

13/3/2019

Submitted by:

Student

 

Name

 

Referendum Yes Campaign

Postition: N/A

Issue

 

Nine points of complaint made regarding:

  • Factual accuracy
  • Clarity of information
  • Language used

Ruling

 

One issue upheld and already actioned via a previous complaint.

No other points upheld.

Justification

 

HUU rules commit to ‘full, transparent and accurate information’.

Date

13/3/2019

Submitted by:

Referendum No Campaign

 

 

Name

 

Referendum No Campaign

 

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