Tonight's meeting of Union Court declared the meeting of Executive on 22nd February as unconstitutional, because the committee was not quorate during the discussion and vote which opted to remove the Returning Officer. The decision has therefore been rendered invalid, with Exec meeting tomorrow to hear the complaint again. John Collins thanked Eric Lai for handling the situation fairly, stating that he was only let down by not being a big enough hack to meet the requirements of the constitution.
The Court reiterated several times that it did not believe members of the Executive had acted dishonestly or inappropriately, in fact they had taken every steps they could to ensure the hearing was fair. However, only five members took the decision as the defendant, John Collins, left the room - six members are required for quorum. For the non-hacks in the audience, quorum is the minimum number of people required to make a meeting valid.
Previous meetings have proceeded on the basis that as long as they start quorate and nobody explicitly challenges it, then it is OK to continue. This ruling puts a stop to that - even if quorum is not challenged explicitly, if it is shown that the meeting did not have the minimum number of people then any decisions taken are not valid.
The Court also concluded that it was inappropriate for a candidate to vote on the fate of their own returning officer, but that proposers and seconders were permitted to vote. This excludes a number of members of the executive from voting tomorrow, but does not reduce the numbers as far as previously feared.
Election results are unlikely to be released tomorrow, as there are a number of other complaints still outstanding unrelated to this issue.