Campaigning and agendas
Before the elections, candidates are advised to make campaigns to get the students to know them more through debates, speeches, videos, graphics, etc. During the “campaign period”, candidates communicate closely with students and present their action plans. Students will be consequently able to vote for ideas, visions and programs. The main objective is to provide students with more opportunities to advocate for their vision and ideas and reduce the impact of the pre-existing popularity of candidates on the elections’ results.
Potential challenges and suggested solutions
Bylaws of each university and politics might compromise the possibility for candidates to conduct their campaigns on campus. A dialogue between the central administration and students should take place to prepare clear regulations for campaigns: authorized topics, use of social media, duration of the campaign, etc.
Material and a specific place for students to conduct their campaigns, organize meetings could also support the process.