WIT Young Fine Gael concerned over WITSU Elections

WIT Young Fine Gael (YFG) have called for an urgent meeting of the Board of Appeals of the WIT Student Union (WITSU) following an investigation into alleged breaches of the WITSU constitution and concerns made in regards to the lack of accounts a being made available to the student union body over the last two years.

Initial findings indicate that the elections that are currently operating are being done in direct contravention of the WITSU Constitution. In addition, the WIT Students Union is believed to be holding an illegitimate office for the last two years – following breaches of the constitution in relation to the running of elections. As a result of these findings and with the Student Union elections looming - WIT Young Fine Gael have called for an urgent meeting of the Board of Appeals of the union.

WITSU sabbatical officers are paid around €22,360 annually. The office of WITSU president handles the starter budget which is around €280,000 a year. WIT Young Fine Gael feels that is important that all elected officials, who are drawing a wage and handling large enough budgets, at least can work on the basic office duties such as adhering to the WITSU constitution which was voted in some years ago by WIT Students by means of a referendum.

Commenting on the issues, WIT Young Fine Gael PRO Sinead McDermott said;

"It is important that the WITSU constitution is upheld to ensure a fair, transparent and completely above board election but also to ensure that this document is not ignored by future WITSU officers and is fully adhered to. In addition, it goes without saying that it is also in the best interest of both WIT students and the hopeful candidates that are running for a coveted place in the next WIT Students Union officer term."

WIT Young Fine Gael today call on the WIT Student Union president, Cathy Pembroke, to immediately call for an Annual General Meeting (AGM) as required under the constitution and revert any decisions taken surrounding the running of the WITSU elections that breach the constitution. We also seek for the immediate publication of the WITSU accounts of the last two years which have not yet been made available.

"One of the better examples regarding constitutional issues would be that a returning officer has not yet been appointed. However, the election guidelines are done, the election date is set, and candidates are already making their pitch to the students. None of these can be formally done without the appointment of said officer as per constitution. It opens the door to a candidate who loses, to then appeal on the above grounds and overturn the result. These issues need to be address without any unnecessary delay in accordance to the procedure in the constitution. The returning officer must also, when appointed, quickly set about ensuring the elections are run correctly and fairly in the interest of both the students and candidates. It's the only way forward." said Miss. McDermott.

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Contact:
Kevin O'Sullivan
WIT Young Fine Gael Chairperson
chairperson@wityfg.ie

Sinead McDermott
WIT Young Fine Gael PRO
pro@wityfg.ie

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