RRRA plans campaign reform to allow independent candidates
The Rideau River Residence Association (RRRA) is planning temporary campaign reform and new public awareness campaigns, councillors said at the association’s council meeting on Nov. 29.
Temporary changes to the association’s campaign policy would allow students to run independently, instead of as part of a slate.
Under the reform plan, independent candidates would receive a third of the funding that slates normally receive to run campaigns, according to Davin Caratao, chair of the constitutional review committee.
“This was really meant to just be a temporary remedy, because of the difficulties of COVID-19 and online campaigning,” Caratao said.
He added that the changes may be included in RRRA’s online election policy, depending on the advice of the chief electoral officer. The reforms could be adopted permanently or rejected by next year’s executives.
Previously, all candidates for RRRA executive have been required to run as part of a slate.
The writ of election is expected to drop in February, according to RRRA president Jaden Slawter.