OUSA Referendum

OUSA Referendum


Question Yes No Total
Should the 2019 OUSA budget be accepted in its entirety? 616 (84.4%) 114 (15.6%) 730
Should the positions of Colleges Officer, Campaigns Officer, and Recreation Officer be replaced by three (3) General Executive Officer positions through the following amendments to the Constitution (with all sections renumbered accordingly): 471 (64.5%) 259 (35.5%) 730
Should section 39.1 be amended to read:
“All Executive Officers will be elected by general ballot using the Single Transferable Vote (STV) system”
637 (87.3%) 93 (12.7%) 730
Should section 2 be amended to include:
“Single Transferable Vote (STV) has the meaning set out in 5B (a) and (b) of the Local Electoral Act 2001.”
633 (86.7%) 97 (13.3%) 730
Should a section 39.5 be added to read:
“No candidate will be elected who polls lower than the “no confidence in these candidates” option before any candidate votes have been transferred. If as a result a position cannot be filled, a casual vacancy will exist. Up to three (3) casual vacancies may exist for the General Executive Officer position.”
611 (83.7%) 119 (16.3%) 730
Should section 39.7 (as it is currently numbered) be amended to read:
“Except as provided in section 39.5, in the event of a candidate being elected for multiple offices they will choose the office they will occupy and the next-highest polling candidate for the other office will be considered to be elected to that office.”
632 (86.6%) 98 (13.4%) 730
Should section 39.3 be amended to read:
“If there are more than half “no confidence in these candidates” votes before any candidate votes have been transferred, then no-one will be declared elected and a casual vacancy will exist.”
619 (84.8%) 111 (15.2%) 730
Should a section 39.4 be added to read:
“If there are less than half “no confidence in these candidates” votes before any candidate votes have been transferred, then “no confidence” will not be considered part of the remaining votes for the purpose of election under the STV system.”
530 (72.6%) 200 (27.4%) 730
Should section 39.4 (as it is currently numbered) be amended to read:
“The Secretary will forthwith post on the notice board and in such media as the Secretary sees fit, a notice stating the names of the successful candidates for each position, the ranking of each candidate and the number of no confidence votes cast for each position.”
634 (86.8%) 96 (13.2%) 730
Should section 31.3 be amended to read:
“Notwithstanding anything in these Rules the person who is the subject of a motion of no confidence:
a. Must be given the right to answer all charges;
b. Must be provided with an opportunity for questions and answers; and
c. May speak last for a period of up to ten (10) minutes.”
651 (89.2%) 79 (10.8%) 730
Should a section 31.4 be added to read:
“The Secretary shall conduct voting on the motion of no confidence by secret ballot according to the voting provisions contained in section 50 except for 50.2. The execution of secret ballot shall be at the discretion of the Secretary, given that it is accessible, anonymous, and accountable.”
542 (74.2%) 188 (25.8%) 730
Should a section 29.1 (j) be added to read:
“j. The Pacific Islands Students’ Association President who shall be a voting Ex Officio member of the Executive.”
595 (81.5%) 135 (18.5%) 730
Should a section 34.6 be added to read:
“The Pacific Islands Students’ Association Representative will present a report to the the Executive each quarter.”
594 (81.4%) 136 (18.6%) 730
Should section 23.2 be amended to read:
“The Executive will present a proposed budget for the forthcoming year in a referendum or Student General Meeting to the Student Body in the second semester of each year.”
609 (83.4%) 121 (16.6%) 730
Should section 19.11 be deleted?

“There will be at least one Referendum called in the second semester which, without limiting its business, will:
a. Set any Levy for the forthcoming year; and
b. Set the budget for the forthcoming year.”

442 (60.5%) 288 (39.5%) 730
Should section 35.1 be amended to read:
“The Executive will set a period to hold elections preceding the year in which the next Executive is to hold office in the second semester of each year.”
a. In the second semester of each year, and;
b. Within one (1) weeks of the day and month the election was held in the preceding year.

586 (80.3%) 144 (19.7%) 730
Should students in their final year of undergrad (finalists) be allowed to vote for the position of Postgraduate Officer in Executive elections? 497 (68.1%) 233 (31.9%) 730
Except for the OUSA President, should current Executive positions be removed and replaced by nine (9) General Executive Officers? 244 (33.4%) 486 (66.6%) 730
Should OUSA withdraw its membership of the New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations? 142 (19.5%) 588 (80.5%) 730
Should OUSA hire a staff member with expertise in lobbying and campaigning? 358 (49%) 372 (51%) 730
Should OUSA lobby the University for the exam timetable to be released earlier? 594 (81.4%) 136 (18.6%) 730
Should OUSA lobby the University to change the semester duration to only 12 weeks of lectures, to ensure a 2 week mid-semester break? 476 (65.2%) 254 (34.8%) 730