UA Council Elections Changes Inappropriate, Judboard Chair Says
The universal moral principle violated by the recent actions of the Undergraduate Association Council is that of the sanctity of elections. Elections depend on a level playing field, and in running an election, there must never be even a hint of inconsistency, impropriety, or unfairness. On Feb. 7, the election commission made packets available for all candidates.
Included in these packets was the election code and the signature requirements that were set for these elections by the Election Commission. On Feb. 13, the UA Council decided to amend the election code and lower signature requirements to encourage more students to run for office.
While the motivation for these actions is certainly commendable, this decision interferes with the work of the Election Commission during election season. Had the UA Council decisions been upheld, all candidates holding election packets from Feb. 7 would have had an incorrect election code and signature requirements on their hands, which is clearly unfair to these candidates. Most importantly, a number of the UA Council members were considering running for office. The participation of those members in the decision is a conflict of interest and gravely violates the sanctity of this spring's elections.
The judicial review board ruling of Feb. 21 upholds the decision of the Election Commission to not comply with the February 7 UA Council rulings regarding elections. I commend the Election Commission for refusing to change the rules of this spring's elections. I have faith in the election commission's ability to run the most proper, accurate, and fair elections as will be possible under these circumstances.
I urge all candidates to carefully follow the official rules of the elections, especially regarding the new date that campaigns may begin. Secondly, I urge candidates who picked up election packets between Feb. 7 and Feb. 13 to express their concerns at this Monday' s UA Council meeting. Finally, I would like to request all members of the UA Council, who are not running for office, to assist the election commission in any way they can.
The commission has a lot of work ahead of it. Good luck to all of the candidates, and may the elections go smoothly.
Albert L Hsu '96
UAJudicial Review Board Chair