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Faculty Student Union Election 2016

In accordance with the Student By-Law No. 3 of 2015, as amended on March 20, 2016 it is hereby announced that the elections for the Faculty Student Unions of the Open University of Sri Lanka are scheduled to be held in July 2016.

In accordance with the Student By-Law no. 3 of 2015, as amended on March 20, 2016, there shall be five faculty student unions. Each faculty student union shall consist of fifteen (15) members directly elected by ballot and two (02) Faculty Board representatives elected separately by direct ballot. Of the fifteen (15) members elected a minimum of four (04) members shall be females. The numbers of representative that may be elected to each faculty student union from individual Regional Centres is given below.

Regional Centre with clustered Study Centres

Education

Engineering Technology

Health Science

Humanities & Social Sciences

Natural Science

Colombo with Gampaha, Kalutara & Ratnapura

15

07

05

05

07

Kandy with Kegalle &  Hatton

-

02

03

02

03

Matara with Galle, Ambalangoda & Ambalantota

-

02

02

02

02

Batticaloa with Ampara & Trincomalee

-

01

01

01

01

Jaffna with Kilinochchi, Vavunia & Mullaitivu

-

01

01

02

01

Anuradhapura with Polonnaruwa

-

01

01

01

01

Kurunegala with Kuliyapitiya & Puttalam

-

01

01

01

-

Badulla with Bandarawela & Monaragala

-

-

01

01

-

Faculty Board representatives
(All Island)

02

02

02

02

02

Total

17

17

17

17

17

 

Nominations for the election of members for the Faculty Unions and Student Representatives to the Faculty Boards are hereby called. Nomination papers are to be prepared according to the Schedule 1 of the Student By-Law 3. Duly completed nominations will be accepted until 12:00 noon of 23rd June 2016 by the Assistant Election Officers of the respective Regional Centres. The following is a list of all the Election and Assistant Election officers/Returning Officers of the respective Regional Centres.

 

Centre

Name of the Officer

Address

Contact No.

All Island

Election Officer

Prof. W. A. Wimalaweera

Faculty of Engineering Technology, Nawala, Nugegoda

(011)2881411

Deputy Election Officer

Mr. K.A.R.S. Perera

Colombo Regional Centre, Nawala, Nugegoda

(011) 2853930

Assistant Election Officers/ Returning Officers

Colombo

Mr. U.H.B.V.P. Angammana

Nawala, Nugegoda

(011) 2881830

Kandy

Mr. Anushka Bandara

Polgolla

(081) 2494083

Matara

Mr. G. Dinesh

Nupe, Matara

(041) 2222943

Jaffna

Mr. K. Kanthawel

Brown’s Road, Jaffna

(021) 2223374

Anuradhapura

Ms. E.R.N.M.M.W.W.S.K. Madugalle

Jayanthi Mawatha, Anuradhapura

(025) 2222871

Batticaloa

Mr. A.D. Kamalanathan

23, New Road, Batticaloa

(065) 2222264

Kurunegala

Mr. M.D. Sakalasooriya

Malkaduwawa, Kurunegala

(037) 2223473

Badulla

Mrs. H.N.K. Galahitiyawa

18/1 Bandaranayake Mawatha, Badulla

(055) 2228842

 

Eligibility to Stand for Election (According to the By-Law 3 of 2015)

To be eligible for nomination to be elected as a member of a Faculty Student Union or as a Student Representatives to a Faculty Board a candidate should

      1. have completed 24 credits or 1/3rd of the programme of study for which he/she is currently registered, whichever is less and
      2. have registered for at least 18 credits in such programme of study in the academic year in which he/she is standing for election as a member of a Faculty Student Union or as a Student Representative to a Faculty Board. Provided however, that where a candidate is in the final year of the programme of study and has less than 18 credits left to complete such programme of study he/she shall register for all the remaining credits required to complete such programme of study.

A student who is under suspension shall not be eligible to stand for election to a Faculty Student Union or as a Student Representative to a Faculty Board.

A person, irrespective of the number of programmes of study that he/she is registered for, who has previously been elected

      1. to any Faculty Student Union of the Open University of Sri Lanka in two student union years not necessarily consecutive, or
      2. as a Student Representative to the Faculty Board of any Faculty in the Open University of Sri Lanka in two student union years not necessarily consecutive, or
      3. once to any Faculty Student Union of the Open University of Sri Lanka and once as a Student Representative to the Faculty Board of any Faculty in the Open University of Sri Lanka in two student union years not necessarily consecutive,

shall not be eligible to be nominated for election to any Faculty Student Union or as a Student Representative to the Faculty Board of any Faculty.

A candidate who has been nominated for election as a Student Representative to the Faculty Board of any Faculty shall not in the same student union year be nominated for election to any Faculty Student Union.

A candidate who has been nominated for election to any Faculty Student Union shall not in the same student union year be nominated for election as a Student Representative to the Faculty Board of any Faculty.

Any question as to whether a candidate is eligible to seek election or not, shall be decided by the Election Officer. Any candidate aggrieved by such decision may appeal against such decision to the Principal Executive Officer of the University within 48 hours of such decision being conveyed to him/her. The decision of the Principal Executive Officer on such appeal shall be final and conclusive.

 

The elections will be held for nine (09) consecutive days from 23rd July to 31st July (from 9:30 AM to3:30 PM) at the above Regional Centres.

Elections will be conducted in all of the above Regional Centres to elect regional representatives to individual faculty student unions and to elect faculty board representatives. Students registered under different regional centres or clustered study centres can vote to elect their respective faculty representative/s at their registered centre only.

Students of the Faculty of Engineering Technology registered under Badulla, Bandarawela and Monaragala are transferred to the Kandy Regional Centre as there is no representative allocated to Badulla.

Students of the Faculty of Natural Science registered under Badulla, Bandarawela, Monaragala, Kurunegala, Puttalam and Kuliyapitiya are transferred to the Kandy Regional Centre as there are no representatives allocated to Badulla or Kurunegala.

Students of the Faculty of Health Sciences registered under Kurunegala, Puttalam and Kuliyapitiya are transferred to the Kandy Regional Centre as there is no representative allocated to Kurunagala.

Students of the Faculty of Health sciences under Jaffna, Vavuniya, Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu

centres are transferred to the Anuradhapura Regional Centre as there is no representative allocated to Jaffna.

For the Faculty of Education elections are conducted only at the Colombo Regional Centre.

 

Eligibility to vote

For the purpose of electing the members of a Faculty Student Union and the Student Representatives to the Faculty Board the registered students of each Faculty of the University shall form a constituency. A “Registered Student” for the purpose of Student By-law 3 of 2015 means a student registered in a programme of study in Levels 3 to 6. It shall also include those students who have sat for the final examination of a Level and are awaiting release of results. It shall not include students following pre-degree programmes, postgraduate programmes, continuing education courses and stand-alone courses.

To be eligible to vote at an election of members of a Faculty Student Union and the Student Representatives to a Faculty Board a student shall have registered in a programme of study in Levels 3 to 6 for a minimum of 9 credits.

A student who

      1. has failed to renew his/her registration prior to the date of announcement of an election, or
      2. is under suspension

shall not be eligible to vote at such election.

Any question as to whether a student is eligible to vote or not, shall be decided by the Election Officer. Any student aggrieved by such decision may appeal against such decision to the Principal Executive Officer of the University within 48 hours of such decision being conveyed to him/her. The decision of the Principal Executive Officer on such appeal shall be final and conclusive.

A student, irrespective of the number of programmes of study that he/she is registered for, shall not be entitled to cast more than one vote at an election. Such vote shall be cast for the members of the Faculty Student Union and the Student Representatives to the Faculty Board in the same Faculty.

Copies of student By-Law 3 of 2015 as amended on March 20, 2016 is available in the OUSL website as well as in all centre libraries in English, Sinhala and Tamil languages. All the registered students are requested to refer to the By-Law before submitting nominations or voting.

I expect the fullest corporation of all the registered students for a fair and peaceful election.

Prof. S. A. Ariadurai
Vice-Chancellor
May 26, 2016

Note: This article was edited according to the amennded done on 17th June 2016. Click here to see the amendment.


STUDENT UNION BY-LAW NO.03 OF 2015(with amendment) (English)        Download

STUDENT ASSOCIATION BY-LAW NO.03 OF 2015         Sinhala        Tamil

Amendment to the Student Union By-Law 2015 Sinhala       Tamil

Nomination Paper for Faculty Student Union       Download

Nomination Paper For Student Representatives to the Faculty Board        Download