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In order for our elections to be fair, transparent and legally compliant, there are a number of rules and regulations that must be followed. We have condensed them to be as clear and easy to understand as possible, but you can also see the full, original rules as per our bye-laws, here.

Please note club and society election rules can be found on the President & Treasurer Hub.  

Adapted from Bye-Law 10 Elections


  1. The Union’s Returning Officer is Clare Oakley, former Council Electoral Services Manager. They oversee the fair conduct of the elections, interpret the Bye-Laws to rule on complaints, and oversee the count of the elections.
  2. Any complaints about the elections process or the conduct of candidates and their supporters must be made no later than 13:00 on Friday 15 March 2024 via this webform: https://studentsunionucl.org/forms/elections-complaints-form. Complaints not submitted through this webform will not be considered.
  3. Complaints will initially be reviewed by the Representation and Democracy Team.
  4. The Deputy Returning Officer Rupinder Sandal (Head of Societies & Projects), in consultation with the Returning Officer as appropriate, shall make a ruling on the matter within 48 hours of receipt of the complaint. They may give the candidate the right of reply before making a ruling.
  5. Complainants may remain anonymous should they wish.
  6. We may take any of the following disciplinary actions, including but not limited to:
    1. Verbal warning
    2. Written warning
    3. Ban on campaigning for a designated length of time, depending on the severity of the infraction
    4. Disqualification


  1. Candidates must be a current student enrolled on a programme at UCL for the full academic year.
  2. Candidates for non-sabbatical officer roles will also need to be eligible to continue your programme of study, and not on a year abroad or interrupting your studies for the following academic year.
  3. Candidates must meet the eligibility requirements for specific roles. For example, they must self-define as a trans* student to run for the Trans Officer position.
  4. If a candidate fails to meet the above requirements they will be withdrawn from the election. If the election has already occurred, the officer or officer-elect shall be removed from their position and a by-election held.
  5. Candidates are not able to run for more than one position within the same Zone or on the same Network Committee.

Campaigning and expenses

  1. The Returning Officer and Deputy Returning Officer will interpret the election rules and Bye-Laws during the election period.
  2. Candidates must not remove or damage another candidate’s publicity. 
  3. Candidates cannot pay other students to be on their campaign team or vote for them.
  4. Campaign expenses are defined as all campaign materials, including online advertisements, which have a market value above £0.00.
  5. Candidates must not use resources that are not readily available to all candidates. If candidates are in doubt that any activity might be construed as creating an unfair advantage, they should seek advice from the Representation and Democracy Team before proceeding. Please email [email protected]
  6. Candidates may criticise another candidate’s campaign but must never be personal. Candidates and their supporters must not:
    1. Reference another candidate’s personal traits or character.
    2. Misrepresent another candidate’s religious, political, or other views or actions.
    3. Intimidate any participant in the election, candidate, campaigner, student, staff or other.
    4. Deliberately sabotage any campaign other than their own.
    5. Deface any campaign materials (such as publicity, online media, social networking sites) of another candidate.
    6. Make any attempt to influence the impartiality of the Returning Officer or Union staff.
    7. Permanently damage any Students’ Union or UCL area or property.
  7. If a candidate or any of their supporters are currently, or have previously been, a Students’ Union officer, volunteer, club or society committee member or staff member - they must not use any facilities or communication methods that are not available to all candidates for the purpose of campaigning.
  8. Candidates must follow the Union’s data protection guidance. As part of this guidance, candidates must not send unsolicited communication to individual students without their consent.
  9. Candidates are responsible for removing their campaign material after the election voting period concludes.


  1. No member shall have more than one vote.
  2. All voting shall be done by secret ballot and the Single Transferable Vote system will be used.
  3. Re-Open Nominations (RON) shall be a candidate in all elections. Should RON win an election where one person is to be elected to the position, a by-election shall be held.
  4. Candidates and their supporters may not make any unsolicited offer to provide a device for a voter to cast votes on.