Full letter is attached at the bottom of this article
The KE Election is now to be held on Wednesday 24th April 2019 at 7:00pm. But only those who handed in their proxy forms directly to the KE Commissioner before the original deadline and those that were present during the original election will be given the right to vote. This was decided by Education Commissioner, Jean Claude Scicluna in an email sent earlier this afternoon.
Scicluna sent an email this afternoon with a letter attached and signed by Dr.Dirk Urpani LLD regarding the past week of events. The mishandling by the Disciplinary Board of the KE Election was heavily addressed in the letter.
The letter attached clearly stated and defended Scicluna’s actions regarding the denial of certain proxy forms. The Disciplinary Board stated that they had to investigate Scicluna’s interpretation of the statute. But the statute had been in pace for a long time and there was nothing to interpret, according to the letter.
“I cannot fathom why the Board felt the need to “provide an interpretation” on a provision that was amply clear, in that the respective forms needed to reach the Education Commissioner 24 hours before and with today’s technological facilities the life of Student Representatives wishing to hand in such form was made much easier.” Said Dr.Urpani in the letter.
The letter also addressed the Board’s claims of looking at the CCTV footage of Student House and the KSU Office to fully determine whether or not the proxies were received in time for the deadline.
“Unfortunately, due to the fact that as a Board you have failed to provide the necessary video evidence to prove that such proxy forms had been physically delivered, these claims lack the necessary certainty that is expected of KSU, especially when it comes to an electoral process.” Said Dr.Urpani.
Dr.Urpani also said that there were individuals present on the Board that had a direct interest related to the topic at hand. Members of the board had voting rights in the upcoming KE Election and some of the proxy forms would fulfill their ability to vote.
“…Such proxy forms were actually handed in after the deadline and these two individuals had ulterior motives to try legitimise such votes by claiming they were received beforehand.”
Lastly, Dr.Urpani stressed that if the Board felt that Scicluna was in breach of any statute he should have been placed under investigation “and afforded the respective rights as per Article 41.5 of the KSU statute”.