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Renewal of mandates

In 2016, Sciences Po adopted a new governance structure and renewed its governing bodies. After the election of new members to the IEP board last year, in 2021 the electoral colleges of the FNSP Board of Directors will vote to renew their representatives.

Your Elections in 2021

Representatives on the Board of Directors of the FNSP

With the terms of former representatives coming to an end in 2021, Colleges A, B and E of the FNSP Board of Directors are invited to elect new representatives.

1. Renewal of mandates for full professors and other equivalent positions – College A

  • Two representatives

2. Renewal of mandates for associate professors and other equivalent positions – College B

  • One representative

3. Renewal of mandates for staff – College E

  • One representative for management staff (College E1)
  • One representative for non-management staff (College E2)

Reminder: What is the purpose of the Board of Directors? Who are its members? Get further information regarding our governance structure.

To find out which electoral body you belong to, browse the list of colleges and members.

When will the vote take place?

  • The first round of voting will take place between 16 and 18 March 2021
  • If necessary, a second round of voting will take place between 30 March and 1 April 2021

What type of voting system will be used?

The elections for all colleges will use a first-past-the-post two-round voting system. To be elected in the first round, candidates must earn an absolute majority of the votes cast and a number of votes equal to at least a quarter of registered voters.

For every representative elected, a deputy is elected under the same conditions as the incumbent.

When there is more than one vacant position for the same college, voters may choose as many candidates as there are vacant positions on the ballot.

Who are the candidates?

Consult the list of candidates, and their statements of intent.

How are the elections organised? The role of the FNSP’s Electoral Commission and the electronic voting office

The FNSP’s Electoral Commission supports the work of the Administrator, who is responsible for overseeing the election procedure. The commission’s members are:

  • Louis Schweitzer, Interim President of the FNSP
  • Bénédicte Durand, Interim Administrator
  • Arnaud Jullian, Secretary General
  • Julie de la Sablière, member of the board of directors and representative for academic personnel
  • Alexandre Mariani, member of the board of directors and representative for staff.

This commission will supervise the organisation of the elections and announce their results.

It is the responsibility of the commission to oversee registration on the electoral rolls and distribution of voters among the colleges, as well as to rule on any complaints received from the parties concerned within a maximum period of three weeks after the publication of the electoral rolls.

Subject to reattribution by the Electoral Commission, the Administrator is responsible for organising the elections. In this capacity, he or she shall determine:

  • The electoral calendar, particularly the length of the election campaign
  • The conditions for submitting statements of intent
  • The logistical organisation of the ballot, particularly with regards to polling stations and the display of candidate lists
  • Any limits on campaign advertising

The Electronic Voting Office

An "electronic voting office" has been established to oversee the electronic voting process. This is made up the Interim Administrator, Bénédicte Durand, the Secretary General, Arnaud Julian, the Information Systems Division (DSI)’s project manager, Thierry Prieur, the Data Protection Officer, Marion Lehmans, and election administrative personnel for each of the voter communities, Bénédicte Barbé, Virginia Munoz and Sylvie Renault.

Standing candidates may also act as “observers”: they are invited to monitor the voting process. An independent witness (huissier) will be present at the closing of the voting website, its reopening and at the vote count.

When does the election campaign begin? When will voting take place?

The election campaign period begins on 8 March 2021, eight clear days before the first day of voting, and ends at 9pm on the day before the start of the vote, 15 March 2021.

If a second round is necessary, the campaign period will begin on 22 March 2021 and end at 9pm on the day before the start of the second round of voting, 29 March 2021.

Voters will be able to cast their votes from 16 March 2021 at 9am until 18 March 2021 at 5pm, Paris time. The vote will be by electronic means only. If a second round is necessary, this will take place between 30 March 2021 at 9am and 1 April 2021 at 5pm, Paris time.

During this period, the Administrator may offer opportunities for campaign advertising. Any such opportunities will be conducted under the supervision of the authorities responsible for overseeing the election procedure and with strict respect for equality between candidates.

How does the electronic vote work?

The online voting system is run by an external service provider, NEOVOTE. It will be implemented in accordance with the relevant legislation and regulations, and with the recommendations of the French Data Protection Authority (CNIL) on the security of electronic voting systems.

Each voter will be attributed a personal username and password by the service provider, which they can use to log in to the voting website and cast their vote.

How do I log in to the electronic voting system?

A personal username will be sent to you at your Sciences Po email address (firstname.lastname@sciencespo.fr) which will allow you to log in to the voting website. In addition to your username, you then need to supply your date of birth to obtain your password. The password is required in order to confirm each of your votes. You may choose to have it sent to an email address, mobile phone number or landline.

What device should I use to vote?

Once you have your username and password you can proceed directly to the vote. The voting system will be accessible 24 hours a day during the election period, from any computer, tablet or smartphone with an internet connection

Electronic voting booths (computers provided for voting) will be made available to voters on all Sciences Po campuses:

  • Dijon Campus
    Location: Secretary’s office, first floor
    Opening times: 9am to 5pm
  • Le Havre Campus
    Location: Newsroom, fourth floor
    Opening times: 9am to 5pm
  • Menton Campus
    Location: Office 305, third floor
    Opening times: 9am to 5pm
  • Nancy Campus
    Location: Campus library
    Opening times: 9am to 5pm
  • Paris campus
    Location: Study space, Péniche Hall – 27 rue Saint-Guillaume
    Opening times: 9am to 5pm
  • Poitiers Campus
    Location: Mirabal Meeting Room (ground floor)
    Opening times: 9am to 5pm
  • Reims Campus
    Location: Faculty staff room (salle des professeurs)
    Opening times : 9am to 5pm

Who should I contact if I have a problem?

During the voting period, a freephone number will be displayed on the voting website homepage, which is a voter support service for you to contact if you have any questions about connecting to or using the site. You can also contact this support service by email.

In the event that any voters are unable to find their login codes, the support service will be able to provide new ones upon authentication.

A technical assistance unit, made up of Christophe Grand (NEOVOTE), Stéphane Auzanneau and Thierry Prieur (DSI), and Marion Lehmans (DPO), will be monitoring the electronic voting system to ensure that it functions correctly.

The voting service is subject to auditing by an independent expert. The expert’s initial compliance report is available to voters.

Any questions regarding the voting procedure can be sent to elections2021@sciencespo.fr

What is the procedure for challenging the elections? 

It has been decided that any challenges made by voters regarding the preparation and conduct of the voting procedure, or the announcement of the election results, should be brought before the Electoral Commission. Voters will have up until the fifth day following the announcement of the results to bring their challenge.

It should be noted that any non-observance of the election procedure will only result in the nullification of the election result if it is established that the purpose or consequence of the breach was to undermine the authenticity of the ballot.

Challenges presented by one or more voters must be communicated to all members of the Electoral Commission by any medium, including email. The commission has a period of three weeks from receipt of the challenge to respond to it, unless the challenge relates to registration on the electoral rolls, in which case it will be dealt with in a period of three weeks after the publication of the rolls.

Who can stand as a candidate?

Candidacies must adhere to the following rules:

  • All those registered on the electoral rolls are eligible to stand as candidates for the FNSP Board of Directors, according to the electoral college to which they belong
  • A nomination is required for each individual candidacy
  • For every representative elected, a deputy is elected under the same conditions as the incumbent

How do I submit a candidacy?

All candidacies must include:

  • An individual nomination, including for deputies, along with proof of the candidate’s identity
  • If desired, a statement of intent (one double-sided A4 page in PDF format) and/or a link to a downloadable video (up to 60 seconds in length, HD 1280x720 or 1920x1080 .mp4 or .mov file formats)

We recommend that candidates refer to the document templates for each college.

When must I submit my candidacy?

Candidacies must be sent by email to elections2021@sciencespo.fr by 12pm (Paris time) on 2 March 2021 at the latest. 

An acknowledgement of receipt will be sent upon reception. Candidacies will be displayed in order of their arrival.

Review and publication of candidacies

The FNSP’s Electoral Commission will assess candidates’ eligibility. They may request that another candidate be substituted for an ineligible candidate.

Approved candidates will receive an email certifying the admissibility of their candidacy. Here are the candidacies approved by the Electoral Commission.

Electoral rolls

The electoral rolls of the Colleges below will be available from 16 February 2021:

Anyone eligible to vote who finds that his or her name does not appear on the electoral roll may request to be registered by sending an email to elections2021@sciencespo.fr. They will have up until the day before the vote, 15 March, to make their request.

To be eligible to vote, staff or faculty members must be in post on the date of the election and must have been in post on 1 January of the current year.

Electoral Colleges

College of full professors and other equivalent positions – COLLEGE A

1° Full professors at the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (IEP de Paris)

2° Full and associate professors and senior researchers at the Fondation nationale des sciences politiques (FNSP)

3° The president and department directors of the Observatoire français des conjonctures économiques (OFCE)

4° Senior researchers at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS)

5° Associate and visiting professors at the IEP de Paris and the FNSP who are to teach at least 24 hours in the course of the current academic year

Faculty members on long-term leave or not performing their duties at the IEP de Paris or the FNSP in a position consistent with their rank do not belong to the college of full professors.

College of associate professors and other equivalent positions – COLLEGE B

1° Lecturers and senior lecturers at the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris 

2° Assistant professors and researchers at the Fondation nationale des sciences politiques

3° Research assistants at the Observatoire français des conjonctures économiques 

4° Research assistants at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique

5° Associate and visiting lecturers at the IEP de Paris and the FNSP who are to teach at least 24 hours in the course of the current academic year.

6° Teaching fellows who hold the agrégation (PRAG)

Faculty members on long-term leave or not performing their duties at the IEP de Paris or the FNSP in a position consistent with their rank do not belong to the college of associate professors.

College of staff – COLLEGE E

This college includes all staff employed by the FNSP on a permanent contract, who work in Paris for the FNSP or on one of the Institute’s regional campuses, as well as administrative support staff attached to the research units of which the Institute is part.

Employees currently on sabbatical leave, full parental leave, unpaid leave and non-subrogated long-term sick leave do not belong to this college.

The two staff representatives on the FNSP Board of Directors are elected from the following colleges:

  • One person in a management position – COLLEGE E1
  • One person in a non-management position – COLLEGE E2

 

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Relevant legislation and regulations

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Calendar

  • 16 February 2021: Electoral rolls displayed
  • 2 March 2021 at 12pm (Paris time): Deadline for candidacy submission
  • From 8 to 15 March 2021: Election campaign, first round
  • From 16 to 18 March 2021: First round of voting
  • 18 March 2021: Vote count
  • 19 March 2021: Results announced
  • 22 March 2021 at 12pm (Paris time): Deadline for candidacy withdrawal
  • From 22 to 29 March 2021: Election campaign, second round (if necessary)
  • From 30 March to 1 April 2021: Second round of voting (if necessary)
  • 1 April 2021: Vote count
  • 2 April 2021: Results announced
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