With posters plastered around SFU, by-election season for the Simon Fraser Student Society is unofficially underway here at SFU.
It won’t be official until October 17, when the nomination period begins for both candidates and referenda questions. However, the posters will hopefully put the idea of running into the heads of some potential candidates, as there were very few candidates for the original election.
Only two candidates ran for president, which then saw winner Deepak Sharma step down because of failure to meet membership eligibility status. That was still two more candidates than the environment representative, which saw a grand total of zero candidates.
Larissa Chen has been filling the role of interim president since May 19, but decided that she did not want to permanently take over the position.
The nomination period will end on October 30, and the campaigning period will begin on Halloween. The vote will take place from November 15–17, and we will find out who has won the positions at 12:01 am on November 18, assuming there are candidates this time around.
As of publication time, independent electoral commissioner Vanna Lodders has not responded to The Peak’s request for comment.