Judicial council adjusts election rules

first_imgThis year’s student body president and vice president election will proceed very similarly to last year’s election in terms of rules and regulations, vice president of elections Katie Hennessy said. All changes made to the election process this year were made to the Constitution of the student government by Student Senate, by recommendation of the Department of Internal Affairs. The Judicial Council implemented those changes for the first time during this election cycle. The only major change involved write-in candidates, Hennessy said. Write-in nominations have technically always been allowed, but the old web-based voting system did not allow students to actually vote for them during the elections. “We haven’t had any write-in candidates,” Hennessy said. “It was something that was allowed for, but we didn’t have means to make it actually happen. If someone said they wanted to [vote for a write-in candidate], we would have had a lot of issues.” This year, the Judicial Council switched to a different server and ticket ballot that would enable students to write in a candidate’s name if necessary. The Judicial Council also made changes to how write-in candidates are approved, Hennessy said. The major effect of the new regulations posits that write-in nominations must be approved at least four calendar days prior to the election. Outside of those changes to write-in candidates, Hennessy said today’s election will function similarly to last year’s. The Council announced six election tickets Jan. 28, and campaigning began the following day at 11 a.m. “There are not many restrictions on campaigning other than certain rules regarding where they place posters, et cetera,” Hennessy said. Additionally, Hennessy said she and the election committee must approve any campaign-related poster, website or social media post prior to publication. Rule violations have delayed election results in the past. The student body presidential and vice presidential debate took place Monday night in LaFortune Student Center, where each ticket outlined its primary goals for a prospective student government administration. Voting will take place today from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through an email sent out by the Judicial Council, but Hennessy said the results are not likely to be finalized immediately. “With six tickets we will likely have a run-off election since, in order not to, someone has to win a majority,” she said. In the case of a runoff, the two tickets with the highest number of votes would participate in a debate Sunday night, Hennessy said, and the runoff election would take place Monday. The voting process would be the same Monday as it is today. The high number of tickets running in this year’s election likely resulted from last year’s atypical single-ticket race, Hennessy said. “We tried to do whatever we could to publicize the running to get more tickets,” she said. “Last year, a lot of people were upset about it … so I think more people were interested in [running] now.” Contact Mel Flanagan at [email protected]last_img read more

Win ‘bittersweet’ for O’Driscoll

first_img He added: “It was a massive mix of emotions: delight at being part of this historic moment alongside guys you have battled with, but tempered by not playing. It was hard and I would be lying if I said otherwise. “You are desperately envious of those who are out there but there is not a sliver of ambiguity about wanting to see the boys win. That is non-negotiable: 100 per cent you want the team to go well. I have spent a lot of time with these guys. “But thanks be to God, I am a series winner with the British and Irish Lions, albeit it did not finish as I would have liked it to. But you cannot write your own script.” O’Driscoll relived the moment on Wednesday when he was dropped for the first time as a professional. The Irishman had widely been tipped to be named captain in what would have been his final Test for the Lions, but he knew the writing was on the wall when Gatland and assistant coach Rob Howley approached him by the coffee machine and asked for a quiet word. “I realised a quiet word in the meeting room was not a good sign,” he said. “They were not going to ask me to be captain. That would have been said to me there and then. It was a blow. “Having seen other players react in the past to being dropped has given me an insight into how to respond and behave properly. I have seen guys who are dead men walking on tours when they have not been selected and you cannot be that person.” Dropped centre Brian O’Driscoll conceded it was a “bittersweet” moment as he watched the British and Irish Lions seal their first series victory for 16 years. Press Associationcenter_img The 34-year-old Ireland international was left out of the match day 23 by coach Warren Gatland for the deciding Test against Australia on Saturday, which they won 41-16. Writing in the Daily Telegraph, O’Driscoll said: “The final whistle was bittersweet. You do not feel as much part of it if you have not played, no matter what. That is just how it is.” last_img read more

Šetkić in the second round of ATP Challenger in Canada

first_imgBIH tennis player Aldin Šetić has qualified to the second round of ATP Challanger Tournament which is being held in Rimouski in Canada worth 35 000 USD.In the first round, Šetkić defeated Hugo di Feo with 6:3 and 6:2.In the second round 25 five year old player from Sarajevo will play against Polish player Michal Przysiezny.last_img