From there Council shall elect from within the candidates nominated by the Board, a Chief Returning Officer (CRO) to preside over elections and referenda of the Association.
1. Eligibility Requirements
a. Any Graduate Member is eligible to be the CRO of the Association.
b. A CRO shall not serve as a Faculty Representative, a Member of a Faculty Association executive, or hold another Director, Officer or staff position within the Association at the time of taking up office.
2. Rights and Privileges
a. Act as the official representative of the Association in matters pertaining to elections/referenda; and
b. May delegate any of their powers, duties and functions as they see fit; and
c. Strike an election committee; and
d. Limit campaign expenditures; and
e. Receive nomination forms and publicize elections and/or referenda.
a. Be responsible for the conduct of election and referendum procedures; and
b. Present a report to Council on the validity/invalidity of any election/referendum process; and
c. Perform such other functions as the Council may determine.
a. Appeals of decisions of the CRO may be made in accordance with Article 4, Section 4.3, in the case of Referenda, and Article 3, Section 3.0 (1) in the case of General Elections.
5. Remunerating the Chief Returning Officer
a. The CRO shall receive an honorarium, the amount of which shall be set by the Board.
b. The CRO shall not receive any monetary or in kind benefits other than the honorarium referred to in Article 1, Section 1.5 (5a), without the consent of Council. This shall not affect the use of Association facilities and funds reasonably associated with the carrying out of their duties.
c. If the CRO does not fulfill the complete term of office, the honorarium shall be prorated for the time served, unless determined otherwise by a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of Council.
6. Nominating the Chief Returning Officer
a. Candidate(s) for the position of CRO shall be nominated by the Board. In the event that the Board nominates a single candidate, this nomination must be ratified by a majority of voting Councilors at the next Council Meeting.
b. Where there is more than one candidate, an election by secret ballot shall be held.
c. In the event that the CRO’s position is not filled, the President shall nominate a new CRO prior to the next Council meeting.
a. The CRO shall hold office until a successor is duly elected following the regulations in the Bylaw.
b. The term of office of the CRO shall be one (1) year: starting on the first (1st) of May and ending on the (30th) of April the following year.