It has been brought to the attention of the Returning Officer and President (as Election Overseer) that there are concerns about the eligibility of JCR ex-Officers running for committee positions. We would like to make our interpretation of the constitution and its election procedure perfectly clear:
In the President’s email to the JCR Committee, he responded to the concern that a JCR Officer must have resigned two days before the Nomination Period opening by pointing out that this is not the case.
SO 5.11.iii states: “current JCR Officers intending to stand for election to any other post (whether a committee or non-committee position) must resign their post within two days of the Nomination Period opening.” As such, there is no stipulation that a resignation must be done before the opening of the nomination period – only that it be done within two days. Meaning that any JCR Officer had to have resigned by Tuesday, 7th May. The JCR Committee has agreed with this interpretation, as has the Senior Dean in his facility as Senior Overseer of the JCR’s Elections.
Regarding some confusion over the opening of the nomination period, the email which was sent around by the JCR President advertising the elections and position of President did not, and could not, open nominations. The email made no references to the opening of the period, only the closing time and, furthermore, the constitution states that only the Returning Officer may open nominations any earlier than the normal twelve day period. The President is not the Returning Officer so could not have opened nominations, implicitly or explicitly, in his email.
We would also like to take this opportunity to remind people of the purpose of JCR elections. They are a chance for the JCR to choose from a list of candidates those who they feel would be most competent and able to represent them as Junior Members of Keble College. The constitution was written to facilitate this, not to restrict it.
We want this election to be about the merits and talents of each individual candidate and then for us, as a JCR, to choose which ones we want representing us.
If you have any concerns regarding procedure, please read the constitution first (http://jcr.keble.ox.ac.uk/constitution/) so that you are entirely clear on what the process should be rather than what it is presumed to be. That way we can avoid rumours and confusion.
This all said, should you have any questions or complaints, please do not hesitate to contact the RO, Junho Hyun-Sack, or the President, James Newton, who will be more than happy to help.
On a different but related note, get your nomination forms in! There are amazing positions up for grabs including President, Treasurer, OUSU, Academic Affairs and Access, Charities, Accommodation, and Arts and Publications!
The deadline is midnight Saturday – see your emails from Junho for details on how to apply.