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GISA Spring Elections 2023

Dear fellow students,

The time has finally arrived! GISA is glad to announce that GISA’s Spring 2023 Election season is officially here. Additionally, we are also pleased to announce that we are accepting nominations for the Student Leadership Award.

Election Information

The following five (5) positions are being elected:

  • President

  • Vice President for Master’s Programme

  • Treasurer

  • Events Coordinator

  • President of the Professional Development Committee

Position descriptions can be found here.

Students interested in running for a position must complete this self-nomination form by the deadline in the election schedule below.

Eligibility Requirements:

All candidates:

  1. Only students enrolled at the Institute for the entire length of a term are permitted to declare candidacy.

  2. Executive Committee members are required to be physically present in Geneva for at least two-thirds (2/3) of the weeks during which classes are in session of each academic semester. They are defined as such by the first day of classes and the last day of classes of each semester for that given academic year for the duration of their term.

Vice President for Master’s Programmes:

  1. The Vice-President of Master’s Programmes must be currently enrolled in a Master’s programme at the Institute, and must be continuing this programme the fall after their election.

Campaign Guidelines:

  1. Candidates for any position are permitted to campaign. Campaigning activities may include but are not limited to:

  2. Physical advertising (posters, flyers, etcetera)

  3. Online advertising; and,

  4. Events promoting a specific candidate or group of candidates.

  5. Campaigning shall not begin until the beginning of the nomination period as defined in Section 4(1)(a) of this Article. Campaigning may continue through the duration of the election.

  6. Campaign expenditures and donations are governed according to the following procedures:

  7. No candidate is permitted to use GISA funds, in any allocation form, for campaign events or campaign materials.

  8. Candidates are permitted to spend up to CHF 150 for their campaign.

  9. Candidates who spend money on a campaign shall submit an itemised and detailed list of all campaign expenditures both for the enforcement of the 150 CHF limit as well as for the knowledge of voters.

  10. Candidates may accept monetary donations for their campaign provided expenditures do not exceed 150 CHF.

  11. Material donations must be declared; a value must be established for each material donations. This estimated value counts against the CHF 150 limit for each campaign. All material donations must be reported to the GISA President and Treasurer.

  12. Current Executive Committee members are prohibited from publicly supporting or campaigning on behalf of any candidate for any position.‡

  13. With respect to the use of social media, any activity on such platforms by the Executive Committee members during the election period is presumed to be purely in support and promotion of the electoral process and student engagement.

‡ An Executive Committee member is deemed to violate this paragraph when that member explicitly endorses a candidate.

‡ In the spirit of integrity, where an Executive Committee member has violated this paragraph, that member shall cease to be involved in the further organisation of the elections for the Executive Committee at once.

Election Schedule

Event / DeliverableDate1st Notification to students - NOMINATIONS OPEN1 April 2023 at 12h 00 CETDeadline for Inclusion in the 1st Batch Release07 April 2023 at 12h00 CET1st Batch of Nominations Released09 April 2023 at 18h00 CETEaster Break Begins 7 April 2023Easter Break Ends16 April 2023Deadline for Inclusion in the 2nd Batch Release16 April 2023 at 18h 00 CET2nd Batch of Nominations Released17 April 2023 at 18h 00 CETNominations Close21 April 2023 at 12h 00 CET3rd Batch of Nominations Released24 April 2023 at 18h 00 CETCandidates’ Forum26 April 2023 at 18h 30 CETElection Opens28 April 2023 at 12h 00 CETElection Ends30 April 2023 at 11h 59 CETElection Results Announced1 May 2023 at 12h00 CETMandate Starts15 May 2023 @ 00h 00 CET

Election Rules:

The election will be run in accordance with Article IV of GISA Statutes, and Article I of the GISA Bylaws.

Student Leadership Award Information


The Student Leadership Award aims to recognise the outstanding contributions made by a student to the student body of the Institute. The constant investment of a student in activities for the benefit of the entire student committee is manifest in:

  1. Active participation in a Specialised Committee;

  2. Active participation in a Student Initiative; or,

  3. Any other engagement that significantly improves student life at the Institute.

Eligibility Requirement:

Any student, including a current GISA Executive Board Member or Class Representative, who is currently enrolled at the Institute.

Nomination Procedures:

Students can nominate themselves or another student by the deadline of 02 May 2022, at 12h 00 CET.

  1. Self-nominations

  2. To nominate yourself, you must use this nomination form.

  3. As part of the nomination, you must include a public YouTube link to a 2–3-minute video explaining a bit about yourself, your involvements at IHEID, and why you think you should receive the student leadership award.

  4. Nominating someone else:

  5. In case you want to nominate someone for the student leadership award, consult them prior to submitting their nomination.

  6. To nominate someone else, you must use this nomination form.

  7. You must include a public YouTube link to a 2–3-minute video of nominee(s) explaining themselves, their involvements at IHEID, and why they think they should be given the student leadership award.

  8. GISA will send all the nomination videos received to the student body on 24 April 2023, at 18h 00 CET, allowing the students to view and deliberate on all of the candidates.

Election Procedures:

Students will elect the recipient of the Student Leadership Award at the same time as they elect the new GISA officers.


The recipient of the Student Leadership Award will receive 500 CHF.

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