The farcical election for GSA Chair has still not been resolved, despite the current Deputy President (Finance and Services) Jon Matthews having been told he had won after results were counted last week.
With only ten votes cast the returning officer, Deputy President (Graduate Students) Shama Rahman, complained to the executive about her own election, looking to have it re-run with better advertising. The complaint was sent to the Union Court, along with another one by Deputy President (Education and Welfare) Ben Harris.
The second complaint was about a Live! discussion post, where the observer of the count for Jon Matthews had revealed information which could narrow down the field of who had cast their votes. The post was edited on the request of the Deputy President (Clubs and Societies) Eric Lai, currently Acting President, however it now seems there has been an attempt to disqualify Matthews for the actions of his observer. Disqualification of the winning candidate for actions which took place after the results had been announced would certainly be novel, particularly as it was not possible to identify exactly who had voted from the post.
As a result the saga drags on, with postgrads just as oblivious to the lack of a proper announcement about the next GSA chair as they were to the voting in the first place. Live! wonders who really benefits from these complaints, other than Sabbatical Officers who have nothing better to do than play poker, which seems to be the only thing happening in certain offices at the moment.
As a postgraduate, this reporter is not impressed.