I think it's time that the Presidents' added "Reform Election Procedures" to their manifestos...
Feb 17 2004 22:00
has any one ever considered that the rules are just too strict, unreasonable even? There hasn't been a smooth election since I've been here and it's usually because somebody put up too many posters, or used a highlighter pen where they shouldn't have. There's a reasonable argument that most of ICU should just get on with it instead of spending so much time applying rules.
Ironically the problem this time is that one of the candidates happened to show he was capable of doing something most students would actually notice, care about, and want.
Yawn. The rules seem reasonable... the problem is the annual nit-picking and 'interpretation' of them.
It always seems to be in-fighting between candidates which leads to the yearly farce of the presidential election rather than the actual rules. Its not a surprise that fewer and fewer people want to stand for the position and put themselves through this, and Im sure we are missing out on some ideal candidates as a result!
Can this place not do anything right.......? The credibility of the union and particularly those who have unnecessarily complained has gone down hugely as result of this - people won't care less about a second election.
Disappointing to say the least, If the main complaint is about the article with reference to library access and bike racks then this is ridiculous, both the incumbent president and felix were doing their respective jobs.
If it is something to do with the electronic system then that is a shame, I will admit that i only took the time to vote in all elections this year because it was(in my opinion)a lot easier than the traditional paper system as last year. I can only say that the likelyhood of a successful rerun via paper ballot is unlikely, and i hope that election rules allow for a full and detailed explanation of why the first ballot was ruled unfair before another ballot is run.
Secondly a technical inquiry has been started and no immediate cause of the faults could be found. Finding these would very likely take longer than the appeal time period of 10 days.
This among MANY other reasons makes the entire election very vulnable to any appeals about its credibility. Any election which lacks credibility is meaningless, and therefore a re-ballot has been decided by the returning officer and elections committee.
i made a complaint, as did OTHER candidates. i did not intend in any way for the elctions to be re-run, thats why i appealed the decision. Finally, the whole thing is being re-run anyway, which has absolutely nothing do to with me.
i don't know about you, but I believe that the Felix was just stating the facts regarding the library. Mr. Bhakta had the library as one of the main advertised points in his manifesto, but unfortunately for him, progress was made very early.
I really much doubt that people will bother to vote in the re-run!