The University of Toronto Mississauga Students’ Union hired a new chief returning officer for their fall by-elections as of August 21st. Details regarding the CRO chosen or the hiring process remain unannounced.

According to the initial job posting, “The CRO will be required to oversee the successful operation of the 2017 fall elections and referenda for a dynamic and diverse students’ union of over 14,000 undergraduate UTM students.”

The CRO is responsible for “ensuring that the election process is organized in a fair, non-partisan manner without bias and strict enforcement of all election rules and guidelines as outlined in the U.T.M.S.U. Elections and Referenda Procedures Code,” the posting read.

Vacancies for UTMSU’s board of directors’ fall by-elections include a total of five seats divided among Divisions I, IV, and V.

Divisions I and IV, first-year representatives and part-time directors respectively, have two available positions for the 2017-2018 academic year. Division V, which is the Mississauga Academy of Medicine Representative, has one vacancy.

The election nomination period, which is scheduled to begin on September 11th, will run until September 15th. Campaigning will effectively begin September 18th for a ten-day period, concluding with the voting period from September 26th to September 28th.

The Medium asked UTMSU’s president Salma Fakhry about the results of the hiring process and the selection of the new CRO, but did not receive a response as of press time.

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