If the EGM goes ahead then it could mandate Imperial College Union council to consider a policy that ICU should adopt an official “Anti-Bush” stance and support and publicise events that educate and inform people on the reasons for this stance. Council voted not to consider this policy at their last meeting, a fortnight ago. If 200 or more members of ICU turn up to this EGM then it may refer the matter back to council.
The petition for this EGM was handed to the Union yesterday afternoon and if it is confirmed to be valid then an EGM must be held within 5 College days of this time. To be valid the petition must have over 100 signatures from members of the Union. The (more than 100) signatories of yesterday’s petition are currently being verified via College registry and the Union’s own records to confirm whether they are members of ICU.
In addition to the verification of signatures however, a judgement must be made as to whether this petition is valid. The constitution describes the circumstances under which an EGM may be called. The only condition that might be applicable in this circumstance is to “Review and refer back policy or operational policy made by the Council or Executive Committee respectively”. However the Union currently has no policy concerning George Bush hence it is unclear whether this is indeed applicable to the current situation. Mustafa Arif, Union President, is carrying out consultations with members of the ICU executive, the proposer of the petition, Colin Smith and past-President and author of the constitution, Hamish Common prior to making a judgement on this matter.
In the meantime however, preparations are being made for an EGM to be held to discuss this matter. The provisional date for this EGM is Tuesday 18th November, which would allow this policy, if the EGM mandated it, to be considered at the next meeting of council on Wednesday 19th November. This would make it possible for the policy, which particularly focuses on Geroge Bush’s state visit to the UK, to be passed prior to this state visit.