The process of vote-counting of the three student councils is being held at the Main Auditorium.
/Photograph by Lee Seon-yeong
For the upcoming 2019, the by election of the student councils of three colleges (Natural Science, Bhuddist Studies, and Arts) took place from March 25th to 27th. The vote counting was held at the Main Auditorium, which started at 7:50 P.M. The “Palette” party of the College of Natural Science, “Moon Hwa-gwan” party of the College of the Arts and the “BlueTooth” party of the College of Bhuddist Studies were elected. In addition, there was an incident regarding the invalidation of the College of Social Science in this election.
This incident happened because the Central Election Management Committee (CEMC) proclaimed that “Sakwa-apple” party of the College of Social Science did not fulfill the requirement of regulation of General Student Council (GSC) to register.
The CEMC asserted that according to the regulation of the GSC Article 93 and 94, the candidates of the student council, it is not allowed for the candidates to register without a running partner of the president or the vice-president of the General Coed Student Council (GCSC) and the General Representative Council (GRC). However, the “Sakwa-apple” party had only one candidate who was running for the president. They implemented a vote on this agenda of whether to invalidate the “Sakwa-apple” party. The vote resulted in the invalidation of “Sakwa-apple” party in 14 favorable votes, 0 dissenting votes and three spoiled votes. As a result, the “Sakwa-apple” party was not validated in the by-election.
Regarding this issue, the Election Management Committee of the College of Social asserted in the official statement stated that due to these reasons, such as unfairly applied regulation of the GSC and confidential process of meetings involving the “Sakwa-apple” party, restricting they would still carry out the by-election. They insisted that the CEMC did not even disclose any meeting records to the public, including the one invalidating the “Sakwa-apple” party as a candidate.
In addition, it was not a problem when the candidate did not have a running partner. In the past, there were five people from four colleges who were solely nominated and was elected as the president. Nevertheless, the CEMC did not raise any questions back then. In other words, it implies that the CEMC applied the regulation of the GSC in a stricter manner than the past elections.
In response to these opinions, the CEMC held the new meeting of discussing the invalidation of the College of Social Science. However, the Election Management Committee of the College of Social Science raised a doubt about the legitimacy of the meeting since only five out of 17 committee members attended.
The College of Liberal Arts and Run Liberal (Dongguk Committee for Young Liberals) also made a supporting statement of this incident. They insisted that the CEMC is hindering the election, as they did not follow the obligation to ensure that by-election is processing in a transparent and fair way.
Consequently, the election of the “Sakwa-apple” party of the College of Social Science was not able to carry out an election. Therefore, whether to permit the "Sakwa-apple" party to run as a candidate was posted as an agenda of the General Representatives' Meeting on April 4th. In the meeting, question and answer session was held. Unfortunately, they did not come to a conclusion. Including the General Representatives Meeting, the Chairperson of the GRC did not respond to any of the requests since March 27th. Eventually, the College of Social Science would operate in Emergency General Committee and this dispute is still ongoing to this day.
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