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Final Results: SCC and SRC Distance Students' Officer Elections

Preliminary results of the voting process for the election of the Student Campus Councils and the portfolio of SRC: Distance Students’ Officer; SRC Distance Students’ Officer

13 November 2020

In accordance with the published schedule of elections as issued by the Registrar on the 30th of October 2020, a voting period had commenced on the 9th of November 2020 at 10:00 and concluded on the 12th of November 2020 at 16:00, overseen by the ISEC. Read the full notice on the Preliminary results of the voting process for the election of the Student Campus Councils and the portfolio of SRC: Distance Students’ Officer here.

Continuation of voting process for the election of the Student Campus Councils and the SRC: Distance Students’ Office

30 October 2020

In accordance with paragraph 26(3) of the NWU Statute and section 2.1 of the NWU SRC Constitution the process for the nomination and election of 2020/2021 SCCs on all three campuses of the NWU, and the nomination and election of one student enrolled in the distance mode to serve on the SRC has commenced on the 14th of September 2020.

In accordance with the amendment to the SRC Constitution proposed by the Students Representative Council of the North-West University, and subsequently recommended by the Senate to the Council, and then approved by the Council on the 30th of October 2020, the voting process for the candidates declared eligible for election by the Independent Student Electoral Commission (ISEC) is scheduled to commence as indicated in this notice. Please take note of the amended provisions regarding the voting process indicated under Paragraph 6 of the SRC Constitution.

The voting process for the respective Student Campus Councils, and the SRC: Distance Students’ Officer will commence on the 9th of November 2020 at 10:00 and will conclude on the 12th of November 2020 at 16:00, with the preliminary announcement of results scheduled for 13 November 2020 at 13:00. Note that any inquiries can be directed to the ISEC, or the relevant Campus Election Coordinating Teams (CECTs).

Read the full notice and addendums

Termination of electronic voting procedures during 12 - 15 October 2020/21 SCC elections

15 October 2020

Dear NWU Student

Since the communique of 13 October 2020 (see below) regarding the electronic election of eligible candidates to the Student Campus Councils, the University Management has been monitoring the electronic elections processes and considering all applicable rules and the important role of the Independent Students’ Electoral Commission (ISEC), particularly pertaining to the remote casting of votes and electronic process of identifying eligible voters. The ISEC plays a crucial and independent oversight role to ensure free and fair elections across all our campuses and to make pronouncements regarding the procedural integrity and validity thereof. 

Members of the University Management and ISEC convened today, 15 October, to assess the electronic elections. After careful consideration, the University Management has accepted the ISEC recommendation that the current electronic voting process that commenced on 12 October for the 2020/2021 student leadership election (for SCCs as well as the distance officer) be stopped and terminated. It was also accepted that all votes cast are declared invalid as the remote mode of casting a vote and the electronic identification of eligible voters are not explicitly provided for in the current SRC Constitution. 

The planning and implementation of the 2020/2021 elections during the different levels of the lockdown as per the Disaster Management Act regulations have affected our election processes negatively. However, we will continue to engage with all relevant stakeholders including the ISEC about the way forward in terms of the elections process that will safeguard the validity and integrity of the elections. Additional information in this regard will be shared with you soon. 

Regards

Prof. Dan Kgwadi
Principal and Vice-Chancellor 

Notice from ISEC on Court judgment

14 October 2020

This notice serves to inform you of the Judgment of the High Court (North West Region: Mahikeng) handed down on the 12th of October 2020, related to the designation of specific portfolios of the Students’ Campus Councils of the North-West University for predetermined diversity targets.
In accordance with the judgment issued by the above-mentioned High Court, the Independent Students’ Electoral Commission (ISEC) hereby gives effect to the following...read more

Court judgment NWU SCC elections for contact students

13 October 2020

Dear NWU student

The purpose of this message is to provide feedback on the outcome of a recent legal process brought by one of our students, contesting the nomination and election of two Student Campus Council (SCC) members per campus in regard of which the relevant portfolios, as per a resolution of the NWU Council on 10 September 2020, had to be contested and filled on diversity grounds. The Council resolution aimed to give effect to the implementation of the approved diversity strategy of the university. A statutory revision will be necessary to ensure that the diversity strategy of Council is given effect to, at the student leadership level.

The basis for the judgment handed down by the High Court of South Africa (North West Division, Mahikeng) on 12 October 2020 was a procedural matter relating to the amendment of the SRC Constitution. The court has ruled that the nomination of SCC candidates per campus in the portfolios mentioned below must now be reviewed by the Independent Student Electoral Commission (ISEC) in terms of the eligibility criteria of the 2017 Student Representative Council (SRC) Constitution.

SCC portfolios affected by the judgment:

Mahikeng Campus

1.

SCC: Marketing and Public Relations Officer

2.

SCC: Community and Stakeholder Engagement Officer

Potchefstroom Campus

3.

SCC: Current Affairs Officer

4.

SCC: Council of Societies Officer

Vanderbijlpark Campus

5.

SCC: Current Affairs Officer

6.

SCC: Council of Societies Officer

After consideration of all the candidates, the ISEC will afford the candidates verified as eligible for election, a limited opportunity to campaign; while the election process in all other portfolios will continue as scheduled. A separate voting process to elect candidates in the aforementioned portfolios will commence as soon as possible. 

In order to give effect to the court order, the university has adjusted the election schedule.

For any information regarding the voting process for candidates in the affected portfolios, please consult the relevant chairpersons of the Campus Election Coordinating Teams per campus:

Best wishes for the completion of a successful SCC election process!

Prof Dan Kgwadi
Principal and Vice-Chancellor

Notice to all students of the North-West University (NWU)

7 September 2020

Moving of the date for the nomination of students enrolled in the contact mode to serve on the respective student campus councils (SCCs), and nomination of a student enrolled in the distance mode to serve on the SRC

In accordance with paragraph 26(3) of the NWU Statute and section 2.1 of the NWU SRC Constitution the process for the nomination and election of 2020/2021 SCCs on all three campuses of the NWU, and the nomination and election of one student enrolled in the distance mode to serve on the SRC will commence at 10:00 on 14 September 2020 and will close at 13:00 on 21 September 2020. Read the full notice

How do I nominate a candidate?

Only enrolled students of the NWU may nominate suitably qualified students to serve on the respective Student Campus Councils (SCCs) and in the portfolio for distance students on the SRC. Written nominations would be received on the prescribed form that would be made available on 14 September 2020 at 10:00 and to be submitted electronically latest by 13:00 on 21 September 2020.

Contact details for more information

Note that any inquiries could be directed to the Office of the Executive Director Student Life via leroux.malan@nwu.ac.za