Again elections at Ghent University in September with adapted election regulations

(16-08-2017) At Ghent University new elections for a rector and vice-rector will be held in September. The Board of Governors has adapted the election regulations.

The principles in the adapted election regulations are the following:

  • The election cycle can count a maximum number of three voting rounds.
  • If more than two candidates apply the weighted two-thirds majority as a requirement to be elected is kept in the first voting round. Only the two duos that achieve most of the votes are allowed to go to the second voting round. In this second round again a weighted two-thirds majority of the votes is required; in the third voting round this becomes a normal weighted majority (half plus one).
  • If two duos apply the weighted two-thirds majority is kept in the first voting round. In the second voting round this becomes a normal weighted majority.
  • If only one duo stands for the elections the requirement of the two-thirds majority only counts in the first voting round. From the second round on this becomes a normal majority (half plus one). The voter chooses in favour of or against the candidate.

Certain rules from the current election regulations are kept in the coming elections:

  • Candidates must come up as duo.
  • Within each duo there must be gender equilibrium: when the candidate rector is male the candidate vice-rector must be female, and vice versa
  • Each category of voters is awarded a certain weighting related to the number of votes placed. In this way votes placed by ZAP (professional) staff are weighted at 67%, votes from students are weighed at 16%, and AAP (assistant academic) staff and ATP (administrative and technical) staff are each weighted at 8.5%.
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