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Faculty Student Union Elections 2018

In accordance with the Student By-Law No. 3 of 2015, amended on 20th March 2016, it is hereby announced that the elections for the Faculty Student Unions of the Open University of Sri Lanka have been scheduled to be held in months of August and September 2018.

In accordance with the same By-Law, there shall be five Faculty Student Unions. Each Faculty Student Union shall consist of fifteen (15) members elected by ballot and two (02) Faculty Board representatives elected separately by ballot. Of the fifteen (15) members elected for Student Unions a minimum of four (04) members shall be females. The numbers of representatives that may be elected to each Faculty Student Union from individual Regional Centres are as shown below.

Regional Centre with clustered Study Centres Education Engineering Technology Health Sciences Humanities & Social Sciences Natural Sciences
Colombo with Gampaha& Kalutara 15 07 05 05 06
Kandy with Hatton - 02 03 03 04
Matara with Galle, Ambalangoda&Ambalanthota - 01 02 02 02
Batticaloa with Ampara&Trincomalee - 01 01 01 01
Jaffna with Kilinochchi, Vavunia, Mannar & Mullaitivu - 01 01 01 01
Anuradhapura with Polonnaruwa - 01 01 01 01
Kurunegala with Kuliyapitiya&Puttalam - 01 01 01 -
Badulla with Bandarawela&Monaragala - - 01 01 -
Ratnapura with Kegalle - 01 - - -
Faculty Board Representatives 02 02 02 02 02
Total 17 17 17 17 17

 

Nominations 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 same By-law of 2015. Duly completed Nominations will be accepted on 31st July, 01st, 02ndAugust 2018 from 1000hrs to 1500hrsby the Assistant Election Officers of the respective Regional Centres. The Election Officers and Assistant Election Officers/Returning Officers of the respective Regional Centres are shown in the table below:

Centre Name of the Officer Address Contact No.
All Island Election Officer

Dr. M.E.R Perera

Dept. of Textile and Apparel Technology, Faculty of Engineering Technology, Nawala Nugegoda.

(011)2881061

Deputy Election Officer
Mr .D.L.N Jayathilaka

Dept. of Physics,

Faculty of Natural Sciences,

Nawala, Nugegoda.

(011)2881242

Assistant Election Officers/ Returning Officers
Colombo

Ms.UHBVP Angammana

Nawala, Nugegoda

(011) 2881380

Kandy

Mr. AnushkaBandara

Polgolla

(081) 2494083

Matara

Mr. G Dinesh

Nupe, Matara

(041) 2222943

Jaffna

Mr. K Kanthavel

Browns Road, Jaffna

(021) 2223374

Anuradhapura

Ms.RYH Perera

Jayanthi Mawatha Anuradhapura

(025) 2222871

Batticaloa

Mr. AD Kamalanathan

23, New Road, Batticaloa

(065) 2222264

Kurunegala

Mr. MD Sakalasooriya

Malkaduwawa, Kurunegala

(037) 2223473

Badulla

Ms. HNK Galahitiyawa

18/1 BandaranayakeMawatha, Badulla

(055) 2228842

Rathnapura

Dr. (Ms) UWNP Wanigasekara

Hidellana, Rathnapura

(045) 2228660

 

 Eligibility to stand for election (According to the By-Law No.3 of 2015,amended on 20th March 2016)

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

(i)                havecompleted 24 credits or 1/3rd of the programme of study for which he/she is currently registered, whichever is less

and

(ii)              have registered for at least 18 credits in such a 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  student, irrespective of the number of programmes of study that he/she is registered for, who has previously been elected

(i)          to any Faculty Student Union of the Open University in two StudentsUnion years, not necessarily consecutive, or

(ii)        as a Student Representative to the Faculty Board of any Faculty in the Open University in two Student Union years, not necessarily consecutive, or

(iii)      once to any Faculty StudentUnion of the Open University and once as a Student Representative to the Faculty Board of any Faculty in the Open University 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 StudentUnion year be nominated for election to any Faculty Students Union.

A candidate who has been nominated for election to any Faculty Student Unionshall 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 28thAugust to 05thSeptember 2018 (from1000hrs to1500hrs) at the above Regional Centres.

Elections will be conducted in all the above Regional Centres to elect RegionalRepresentatives to individual Faculty Student Union 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.

·         For the Faculty of Education, elections are conducted only at the Colombo  and Jaffna Regional Centres. Students of the Faculty of Education registered under Jaffna Regional Centre are considered as students of the ColomboRegional Centre for the purpose of casting their votes as there is no representative allocated to Jaffna Regional Centre.

·         Students of the Faculty of Engineering Technology registered under Centres in Badulla (with Bandarawela and Monaragala) are considered as students of the Kandy Regional Centre for the purpose of casting their votes as there is no representative allocated to Badulla, but the election will be held at Badulla Regional centre.

·         Students of the Faculty Health Sciences registered under the Centres in Ratnapura (with Kegalle) are considered as students of the Kandy Regional Centre for the purpose of casting their votes as there is no representative allocated to Ratnapura, but the election will be held at Ratnapura Regional centre.

·         Students of the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences registered under the Centres in Ratnapura (with Kegalle) are considered as students of the Kandy Regional Centre for the purpose of casting their votes as there is no representative allocated to Ratnapura,  but the election will be held at Ratnapura Regional centre.

·         Students of the Faculty of Natural Sciencesregistered under centres in Badulla (withBandarawela and Monaragala) , Kurunegala (with Puttalam and Kuliyapitiya) and Ratnapura (with Kegalle) are considered as students of  the Kandy Regional Centre for the purpose of casting their votes as there are no representatives allocated to Badulla, Kurunegala and Ratnapura, but the election will be held at Badulla, Kurunegala and Ratnapura Regional centres.

Eligibility to vote

For the purpose of electing the members of a Faculty StudentsUnion 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 ofthe same By-law means a student registered in a programme of study inLevels 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 for 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

(i)                has failed to renew his/her registration prior to the date of announcement of an election(11th July 2018), or

(ii)              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 be entitled to cast only two votes at an election as follows;one vote shall be cast for the election of members of the Faculty Student Union and the other for the election of Student Representatives to the Faculty Board in the same Faculty.

Copies of student By-Law No.3 of 2015, 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 this By-Law before submitting nominations or voting.

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

 

Prof. G. M. Kamal B. Gunaherath

Acting Vice-Chancellor

11th July 2018

 

 


Messages from candidates       Download(Sinhala and English)

Amendment to the Election Notice-Student Union Election 2018        Download

Notice-Extending the Period for Nomination        Download

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

Format for objection to a nomination/rejection of nomination        English        Sinhala

Dept. of Textile and ApparelTechnology,Faculty of Engineering Technology,

Nawala, Nugegoda.