Staff absence at the Union has meant that the only person with access to the Elections software online is away. Access is required so that the Presidents (CGCU, RCSU & ICU) may get a list of candidates so that a candidates meeting could be called. The concern is that it would be unfair and "act as a major barrier" for people standing for the first time, as that they would not know How to win or what they can say and write.
A email from the Union President, Stephen Brown, shows that he, under Regulation 4 part J of the constitution, has cancelled the current Faculty and Central Union elections: citing that this being "exceptional circumstances" he has the power to cancel then.
The elections will be run next term after this fresh wave of farce subsides, with an email being sent out to all the candidates explaining the situation, pending access to the election system. Luckily the author has been given the accurance that the Union President is working with management on a back up plan for future elections, so that this shambles doesn't happen again because the system is dependant on one person.
"Non-plussed and unsuprised" are words used by the re-running Guilds VPA Salma "Milli" Begum, stating that she wasn't suprised that this has happened. This feeling is the usual response this reporter has been getting on the matter, which has lead this reporter to ask whether apathy is in direct responce to farce.
Seeing that is the first major farce of the year, it is good to know that those over at Beit towers are still human, (which is not what they said in their manifestos) and that farce is an integral part of the Union. There are even rumours that either another Presidents committee, a sub-committee of Council or working group will be created to look into the whole issue of farces and see whether they can be incorporated into the Hack's Bible.