Disciplinary Board defies Scicluna; states that all student reps not absent for 3 consecutive meetings eligible to vote

The KSU Board of Discipline has defied Education Commissioner Jean Claude Scicluna and said that all student representatives, as long as they have not been absent for three consecutive meetings during the last year, are eligible to vote in tomorrow’s KE election.

The saga surrounding this election has been dragging on since the election, which was meant to be done on Monday 15 April, was stopped after concerns were raised over the eligibility of a number of proxy votes.

In a six-page letter sent to the KSU Board of Discipline, who had decided that the election be postponed to tomorrow and that proxy procedure be made clearer, Scicluna said that only those who were present on Monday or had their proxies validated in time would be allowed to vote tomorrow and that tomorrow would be a continuation of Monday’s meeting.

The Board of Discipline this afternoon replied to Scicluna’s letter, saying that the Board is unwilling to accept the decision to not accept the votes of a number of students from the eligible electorate, saying that this goes against the democratic values that the Council is bound to uphold.

The Board said that Scicluna’s decision to regard tomorrow’s meeting as a continuation as that held last Monday was incorrect as that meeting technically never took place since no agenda nor minutes of the previous meeting were approved.

The Board said that “all members of the Commission who have not been absent during three consecutive meetings for the term 18/19, will be eligible to vote and present at the meeting” and that proxy nominations with clear guidelines as to how they are received and accepted will open immediately and remain open until this evening at 6:59pm.

“We hope, that you will agree with this decision, giving all eligible student representatives, a say on who to elect as their Commissioner”, the Board wrote.

The Board’s full response as sent to Scicluna can be found below:

Dear Jean Claude,

The Board positively notes your action as Commissioner to call the next meeting of the Education Commission. Nevertheless, the Board is unwilling to accept your decision to not accept the votes of a number of students from the eligible electorate which goes against the democratic values that the Council is bound to uphold.

Your email to the members of the Commission defined next Wednesday’s meeting as a continuation of that held last Monday. This is incorrect since the meeting of Monday 15th April never took place since no agenda nor minutes of the previous meeting were approved and no records of the said meeting exist. Following legal counsel and internal deliberation, the Board came to the conclusion that any deadlines imposed by the statute or standing orders are to be accordingly set to reflect the new date of the meeting.

Therefore, the Board of Discipline’s decision remains as follows:

– all members of the Commission who have not been absent during three consecutive meetings for the term 18/19, will be eligible to vote and present at the meeting;

– the process related to proxy nominations, with clear guidelines as to how these will be received and accepted, will open with immediate effect. This means that the proxy forms for members who will be unable to attend tomorrow’s meeting should be sent via email to education@ksu.org.mt to avoid any misunderstandings, by this evening at 6.59pm.

We hope, that you will agree with this decision, giving all eligible student representatives, a say on who to elect as their Commissioner. The Board is confident that you will agree with these logical conclusions in the interests of the integrity and good-governance of the Education Commission.

This interpretation of clause 4.7 of the Education Commission Standing Orders is final and we remind you of the right to contest this decision through the KSU Board of Appeal.

We would like to thank the Education Office for their service and dedication throughout this term and ask that this email is forwarded to the Education Commission.

Sincerely,

Chiara obo The KSU Board of Discipline 2019/20