Postpone SCSU Elections: Presidential Position

Postpone SCSU Elections: Presidential Position

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We, the students at UTSC, are writing to you to request your immediate and urgent attention to the current SCSU General Elections. We, the students, demand 1) the postponement of the (presidential) elections and 2) the University administration to conduct its own investigation.

On March 1st, the SCSU published a statement regarding an illegal activity that resulted in the disqualification of the presidential candidate Eesha Chaudhry. The student body was not made aware of the details of the investigation or any incriminating evidence against Chaudhry. Hence, we, the students, demand transparency and accountability. 


Our demands are the following: 

1_ Access to redacted evidence gathered by the CRO before the voting period starts. This evidence should be public because it has crucial implications for both the electoral process and outcome. This would ensure transparency. 
2_ An investigation to be conducted by the University administration. Given the severity of the accusations, we believe that the University should conduct an independent investigation. This would ensure accountability. 
3_The postponement of the (presidential) elections until the investigation is complete and made public. If this is not possible, we ask for the annulment of this election and order for another election.

We ask these because we believe the democratic process has been undermined and our democratic rights infringed. To make informed votes, we need these demands to be acknowledged and met. 


This incident does not have implications for Chaudhry only but also for the current and future student body. Failure to act now would call into question the Union’s legitimacy and potentially allow similar incidents to reoccur and tamper with democracy.

 

 

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