MCAST an­nuls stu­dent elec­tions ‘where dis­crep­an­cies found’

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

MCAST has an­nulled stu­dent elec­tions where dis­crep­an­cies were found in the elec­toral process, the col­lege said in a state­ment.

Fol­low­ing a pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion on the in­ci­dents which arose dur­ing the count­ing of votes is elec­tions for the Kun­sill Stu­denti MCAST (KSM) held this week, MCAST de­cided to an­nul the elec­tions in those in­sti­tutes where dis­crep­an­cies were found dur­ing the rec­on­cil­i­a­tion of reg­is­tered stu­dents and votes cast.

In such cases fresh elec­tions will be held in the par­tic­u­lar in­sti­tutes where such dis­crep­an­cies were found.

In those in­sti­tutes were such is­sues did not arise and elec­tions were held reg­u­larly, votes will be counted as per reg­u­lar pro­ce­dure.

MCAST said it will hold a meet­ing early next week for all stu­dent bod­ies con­test­ing the elec­tions to ex­plain the way for­ward in this re­gard. MCAST will also con­duct fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions with re­gards to the way elec­tions were con­ducted in par­tic­u­lar in­sti­tutes and will take ap­pro­pri­ate mea­sures ac­cord­ingly.

Ear­lier, one of the stu­dent or­gan­i­sa­tions, SDM, said it is highly dis­ap­pointed with the lack of con­form­ity to stan­dard elec­toral pro­ce­dure at the Kun­sill Stu­denti MCAST Elec­tions 2016.

Among other ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties, SDM said it was con­cerned about the fact that one of the bal­lot boxes was not even sealed and that no of­fi­cial turnouts were pub­lished through­out the day by the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion.

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