The Humber Students’ Federation will have a new president by Sept. 30.
Following the federation’s annual general meeting on March 26 that saw students vote against approving incoming president Shawn Manahan, HSF spokesperson Natalie Bobyk has said a by-election will take place by Sept. 30.
“While an exact date has not yet been confirmed, we will definitely keep our student body informed by posting it on our website and promoting the election,” she said.
Candidates for president will have to start from scratch in September, when they will gather signatures and campaign before the polls open again.
Bobyk said the by-election “will be open to any full-time Humber or Guelph-Humber student, not just the previous candidates.”
I don’t believe this has happened before with HSF
Vanessa Silaphet, HSF’s Special Projects Coordinator
Manahan said that he will run again, and he will “make damn sure” he wins.
HSF President Tim Brilhante – whose chances of holding office next year were dashed when he was disqualified by the Natalia Toussaint, the chief returning officer, a day before voting polls closed – has not been successful in appealing the decision so far.
The four incoming HSF vice presidents were approved at the annual general meeting and will start their jobs on May 1.
Vanessa Silaphet, HSF’s Special Projects Coordinator said in an email interview, “Some of the candidates that ran in the elections this year are expected to graduate, thus unless they plan to return as a full-time student next year, they won’t be eligible to run according to our Constitution/Policy.”
There were four candidates in the recent election – Brilhante, Manahan, Kay Tracey, VP Student Affairs – North, and Mary Anne Savoie, Lead Events Assistant at Lakeshore campus.
Tracey and Savoie have not confirmed to the Et Cetera whether they will run again.
The cost of the by-election is not known, Siphalet said in an email.
Frank Rizzi, HSF Finance and Operations Officer, said that because the president will not work over the summer, they will not receive the full $40,000 salary generally accorded to HSF presidents.
“The president’s salary will be pro-rated” for the time they serve as president, he said.
A presidential by-election is new ground for the federation, Silaphet said. “I don’t believe this has happened before with HSF,” she said.
** This article previously stated that disqualified candidates from HSF could only run again if they successfully appeal their disqualification. This is incorrect, any disqualified candidate from HSF can run again after a year.