SDM MCAST to take le­gal ac­tion fol­low­ing vot­ing dis­crep­an­cies

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Ju­lian Bon­nici

SDM MCAST will be boy­cotting stu­dent coun­cil meet­ings af­ter last week’s elec­tion for the stu­dents’ rep­re­sen­ta­tive coun­cil was marred by vot­ing dis­crep­an­cies and ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties. The or­gan­i­sa­tion said the ad­min­is­tra­tive body of MCAST de­nied the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s re­quest to have the whole elec­tion de­clared null and void, and restart the vot­ing process.

This comes af­ter the col­lege an­nounced on Fri­day that af­ter its pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion it was an­nulling the elec­tions re­sults at in­sti­tutes where “dis­crep­an­cies were found dur­ing the rec­on­cil­i­a­tion of reg­is­tered stu­dents and votes cast.” But the SDM wants the whole process to be scrapped.

SDM also an­nounced that the or­ga­ni­za­tion will be ex­plor­ing its le­gal op­tions to fight the de­ci­sion.

The stu­dent or­ga­ni­za­tion pointed to­wards the three un­reg­is­tered boxes (one of which was opened) con­tain­ing bal­lots and 40 un­ac­counted votes which had been counted in the elec­tion. This, they claimed, served as a clear in­di­ca­tion that the le­git­i­macy of any of the votes cast could not be guar­an­teed.

SDM can­di­date Glenn Mamo ex­pressed his dis­ap­point­ment at the out­come of the meet­ing with the ad­min­is­tra­tive body, say­ing that democ­racy should not al­low for a group to win or lose in an un­jus­ti­fied man­ner.

Mr Mamo stressed that the elec­tions held at MCAST should be held to the same stan­dards seen at both Ju­nior Col­lege and Univer­sity.

The group also claimed that fol­low­ing last week’s elec­toral re­sult their ban­ner had been de­stroyed and the group had ex­pe­ri­enced hos­til­ity from Pulse ac­tivists.

The elec­tion, which took place last Wed­nes­day, saw Pulse win with eight seats on the coun­cil.

Pulse Pres­i­dent can­di­date Wayne Sam­mut said that “it is a com­plete shame that SDM wants to go for a fresh elec­tion even in in­sti­tutes where votes have been per­fectly ac­counted for. Stu­dents have voiced their opin­ions on the es­tab­lished elec­tion date and they sim­ply want to ig­nore those votes.”

On the SDM’s de­ci­sion to boy­cott the coun­cil meet­ings, Mr Sam­mut said that “a new level of ar­ro­gance had been reached by this ac­tion.”

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