After much confusion over what happened at closed-session exec meetings, concern that they should not have been closed session and the elections descending into a total farce, the Union Court has revealed more information.
In a meeting on 22nd February, the Executive Committee voted to remove John Collins as returning officer, following a complaint by a candidate. Eric Lai, the Deputy R.O., took on the job at that point. As previously noted, Mr Collins took this decision badly, however has been overheard saying that he "would not be taking it further".
Mr Collins has not escalated the decision, however it was referred to the Union Court by RCSU President Jad Marrouche (who did not attend the original meeting), on the grounds that the decision was not made fairly.
On Thursday evening at 18:30 the Union Court will meet in open session to discuss the manner in which the decision was made. The concerns are:
- Insufficient time was given to consider the matter (exec met for over two hours)
- Conflicts of interest: as previously discussed, members of exec are either running for election or have seconded candidates
- Relevant evidence unavailable: this presumably refers to the original complaint
- Procedural irregularities: otherwise known as "insufficient skill in hackery"
The Court may quash the decision of the executive, restoring John Collins as returning officer. At this time elections will have closed, so the effect either way will be negligible. The Court has suggested that the election could be re-run if serious irregularities were found, however this looks doubtful. The final option is to keep the decision as it is, with Eric Lai remaining as returning officer.
Until this is heard the decision stands, Eric Lai is returning officer and point of contact for candidates, should they wish to speak in person.