OUSA president-elect challenges disqualification


Otago University Students Association president-elect Jo Moore  is challenging her disqualification.

The grounds on which independent election arbitrator, Prof Paul Roth, of the Otago University Law Faculty, based the disqualification were:

He found Miss Moore had exceeded the $1000 spending limit imposed on presidential candidates – partly in respect of a party, during which beer had been provided and voting had taken place on a laptop computer.

The use of candidate-run polling stations, operated by a candidate personally or her associates, sometimes with “refreshments on offer” had “no place in a fair and impartial election process”, Prof Roth said.

Association election rules require candidates and their advertising materials to be 20m from any polling stations.

Given the proliferation of lap tops it would be virtually impossible to police that last rule.

There is a lesson to be learnt here for candidates in the general election though because rules about “treating” also apply to parliamentary elections. It’s okay to provide a cup of tea and a biscuit, but shouting an alcoholic drink at the pub comes under the category of treating and could cost a candidate her/his seat.

The promises of post-election treats with tax payers’ money comes under the umbrella of vote-buying policy and don’t count.

OUSA president-elect disqualified


Otago University Students Association president-elect Jo Moore has been disqualifed from next year’s presidency.

The association’s rules mean the next highest polling candidate Edwin Darlow will become president in 2009.

You can read ths story here.

OUSA president wants 4-day student week


Newly elected Otago University Students Association president Jo Moore is promoting the idea of a four-day week for students with no lectures on Fridays and departments closed to students.

Some departments, including commerce, already operated that way, although buildings were open to students, she said.

Not being required on campus on Fridays would enable students to study or take part-time jobs, would save on campus consumables and cleaning costs and would lower carbon emissions and be better for the environment.

Yes students might get part-time work and there would be a day’s less mess to clean. But if five day’s of lectures, tutorials and labs were squeezed in to four days would they need more staff and rooms?

I’m not sure about the environmental benefits either. Heating lots of individual flats would probably take more power than heating university buildings and if staff are at work the buildings will still need heating.

When I was a student one of the considerations when choosing a course was the timetable. But the popularity of those with late starts on Monday, early finishes on Friday or no classes at all on one of those days was purely coincidental. 🙂

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