“There is not much culture of voting by mail in the University, however, this year we have received many more, probably due to the pandemic. Even most of the campaign has been virtual, social networks and web pages have been used a lot, and both candidates have held face-to-face meetings, but not like other years, with limited capacity. It has been a different campaign, but health regulations have been respected and everyone has had access to information, ”said Isabel Hernández Gómez, president of the Central Electoral Board.
The participation of teachers and PAS in 2016 exceeded 80%, and that of students was 22.27%
Hernández pointed out that the deadline for voting by mail has also been longer than in other years, precisely due to the health crisis, to facilitate access to elections for the entire university community.
The regular voting hours for the rector have also been extended to one more hour, so that it will be from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. -in previous elections the polling stations were closed at 5:00 p.m.-, to facilitate access to vote with all sanitary guarantees .
Today a total of 20,373 people are called to the polls, of which 17,892 are students; 1,644 belong to the teaching and research staff (PDI), distributed in 829 doctor professors with permanent links; 438 professors and research staff; 237 Associate Professors of Health Sciences; and 140 researchers with permanent links. Regarding Administration and Services personnel (PAS), 825 plus 12 competitive technicians have the right to vote.
Today the fifth rector elections are held with the vote of the university community
The vote for the election of the rector is weighted. The greatest weight, 52%, is recorded by sector A to which the doctoral faculty with permanent ties belong; 11% for sector B, which includes the rest of teaching and research staff, and 1% for research staff hired with non-permanent links. The health sciences associates will be integrated into the sector of the rest of the teaching and research staff corrected by a factor of 0.25.
In the case of students, included in sector C, they have 26% of the votes. And 10% is reserved for Administration and Services personnel and Competitive Technicians (sector D).
The Central Electoral Board of the ULPGC will set up 16 polling stations today, one less than in previous elections for reasons of readjustment, which will be distributed among the different university campuses. Thus, in Tafira 8 polling stations will be placed -Architecture, Basic Sciences, Economic and Business Sciences, Legal Sciences, Physical Education, Electronics and Telecommunications, Engineering, and Computer Science and Mathematics-; two in San Cristóbal -Health Sciences, La Granja Building- and two in the Obelisco -Education Sciences, Humanities-; one at the Arucas Campus -Veterinary Building-; one in the Administrative Services Building located next to the Rectorate’s institutional headquarters; and one in the respective delegations of Fuerteventura and Lanzarote.
Once the polling stations are closed at 6:00 p.m., the scrutiny will begin and the candidate who achieves the proportional support of more than half of the validly cast votes will be proclaimed rector, once the weightings have been made. The vote count can be followed openly and in real time, both by the university community and by society in general, through the institutional website https://www.ulpgc.es/elecciones-rector-2021 / candidates, thanks to the application designed as TFT -degree final project- by Manuel Martín, graduated in Computer Engineering from the ULPGC.
The University extends the voting hours by one hour, which will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The two candidates, who will be measured in these elections, Rafael Robaina Romero and Lluis Serra Majem, have announced that they will exercise their right to vote at the tables located in the Architecture building (Campus de Tafira) and in Health Sciences (Campus San Cristobal), respectively. Both made an appeal last Tuesday, after the campaign closed, to encourage the university community to vote, despite the difficulties of the pandemic.
In the last elections held in November 2016, voter turnout was 89.64% in the case of doctor teaching staff with permanent ties and 47.13% for the rest of the teaching staff; 55.7% in non-permanent researchers; that of the students was 22.27%; and that of the PAS, 81.72%
Since the ULPGC was created in 1989, it has been led by four rectors. Seven elections have been held, three by the University Cloister -1990, 1994 and 1998-, and four by the university community as of the legislative change included in the Organic Law of Universities -2002, 2007, 2012, 1016-.