UWSA Elections

UWSA By-Election

The By-Election is where students can run for vacant positions that were not filled during the General Election. To run, you will need to fill out a nomination form and submit it to the Chief Elections Commissioner before the end of the nomination period. 

Key Dates:

UWSA elections, as per Section 5 of our By-laws, run on a four week cycle.

Nomination Period:  Monday, Sept. 28 – Thursday, Oct. 8 *Due by 6 p.m. 
All Candidates Meeting: Friday, Oct. 9 at 12:30 p.m.
Candidate Speeches: Monday, Oct. 19 from 12.30 p.m.
Campaign Week:  Monday, Oct. 19 – Sunday, Oct. 25
Voting:  Monday, Oct. 26 – Wednesday Oct. 28

2020 By-Election Results*

Turnout: 870 (8.8%) of 9850 electors voted in this ballot.

Recreation and Athletics Director:

  • Total votes casted for Jacob Wiseman: 611 votes (86.8%)

Science Director:

  • Total votes casted for Olivia Ferreira: 542 votes (71.6%)
  • Total votes casted for Isaiah Zacharias: 215 votes (28.4%)

Women & Non-Binary Students’ Director:

  • Total votes casted for Arshiya Bagheri Torbehbar: 660 votes (90.3%)

Board of Regents Representative: 

  • Total votes casted for Holly Hunter: 658 votes (91.4%)

PACE Director:

  • Total votes casted for Valerie Bermudez: 685 votes (92.7%)

Vice-President External Affairs:

  • Total votes casted for Jonathan Henderson: 647 votes (87.8%)


  • Total votes casted for Shawna Peloquin: 660 votes (88.6%)

Click here to view detailed voting results.

*Results are unofficial until ratified at the UWSA Special General Meeting on November 4, 2020.

2020 By-Election Candidates

Recreation & Athletics Director
Jacob Wiseman

Science Director
Olivia Ferreira
Isaiah Zacharias

Women & Non-Binary Students’ Director
Arshiya Bagheri Torbehbar

Board of Regents Representative
Holly Hunter

PACE Director
Valerie Bermudez

Vice-President External Affairs
Jonathan Henderson

Shawna Peloquin

Thinking of running? Check out the Candidate Guide for details on the open positions, campaigning, and voting: Candidates Guide By-Election 2020

Voter Guide

Learn all about your candidates and their agendas before you cast your vote! Download this handy Voter Guide for information on voting in the 2020 UWSA By-Election: Voter Guide 2020

Governing Documents

In accordance with the By-law 10 – State of Emergency Measures, the 2020 UWSA By-Election will be held online with virtual campaigning and balloting to accommodate the restriction of campus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To review the rules for the 2020 By-Elections, please click here: Election Rules 2020

Canadidates can review Election By-laws in Sections IV and V of the UWSA By-Laws.

Appeals and Complaints

Election Complaints will be reviewed by the Chief Elections Commissioner who will make a ruling or provide a written rationale for why a complaint is not valid. Appeals can be made to the REBLITE Board. Please use the following forms to submit election appeals and complaints:

UWSA Election Complaint Form
UWSA Election Appeal Form

Click here for an important message from the REBLITE board on their commitment to a safe and fair election. 

Please click here to review the rulings to submitted complaints and appeals: 2020 Election Rulings


Shenal Fernando
Chief Elections Commissioner

Charith Pathirathna
Deputy Elections Commissioner
(431) 388-3903

University of Winnipeg
University of Winnipeg
University of Winnipeg