At the beginning of Thurday night's Council Meeting, after the announcement of the sabbatical election results, Danny Sharpe, Council Chair, announced that following the receipt of a petition forwarded by Tom Tibbits and seconded by the required ten Council members, an emergency Council meeting will take place next Friday, February 26th, to consider a motion of No Confidence in ICU President Mustafa Arif.
The motion of No Confidence itself had originally been submitted in advance of yesterday's meeting, but had not been fully seconded (such motions requiring the signatures of 20 full members of the Union) seven College days in advance as demanded by the regulations, so the motion's proposer then filed a petition for an emergency meeting, noting the receipt of the motion and believing that such a serious matter must be discussed as soon as possible.
The motion follows the Accountability motion passed by Council in December. The proposer believes that the President's response to this motion was "inadequate" and "evasive," alleging "gross misconduct" including unauthorised spending, long delays in electing a full Executive Committee, and failing to release information demanded by the accountability motion, along with other allegations that cannot be described here since they involve Union staff.
The motion will require a 2/3 majority vote in order to be passed; if passed, Arif would have 48 hours to gather 200 signatures to petition an EGM in order to appeal against the decision; failing that, or if the EGM became inquorate before reaching a decision, the appeal would be dismissed, and Arif would lose his position. It has been suggested that other officers and sabbaticals-elect would carry out the President's duties for the interim period before a properly elected successor came into office.
Council also have the option of amending the motion from No confidence to one of "censure", a final warning: such a motion against previous president Sen Ganesh was eventually heavily defeated in January 2003.
Mr Arif has told "Live!" that he is currently discussing the motion with its proposer, and there is a possibility that the motion may be withdrawn. "Live!" will keep you informed of further developments. If the motion is not withdrawn, all students may observe and speak at Friday's meeting.