YI ELECTIONS: Delay As Party Chair Receives Numerous Complaints About Online Conduct
Yeasterday was the day that we were meant to learn the final list of candidates for the YI Election to the post of Chair and Deputy Chairperson. However, a letter has been sent out from the Returning Officer, Party Chairman Paul Oakden, explaining that the entire process has been delayed by three days.
Two reasons were given. Firstly, the Party has received a number of complaints, regarding the online conduct of some YI members. Discussions with the candidates have been arranged for Tuesday morning so that the expectations of conduct during the campaign can be agreed.
Secondly, procedures have to be agreed with the NEC on measures that will ensure all those eligible to vote are issued with a ballot. This is due to be discussed at the NEC meeting being held this Monday, the 27th of November.
Commenting on the news prospective candidate for the Chairperson role, Nate Rydings said that;
It is disappointing that the YI Chairman election is being delayed even more, however, at least there is a good reason behind it, which is to investigate the claims and allegations made against candidates.
It is only a 3 day delay, so hopefully this whole situation is sorted soon and we can get on with the election as well as rebuilding YI.
Jonathan James Wood, also a prospective candidate for the Chairperson role commented;
“It’s yet another frustrating delay to this election, and while I fully understand the reasoning behind the delay, my patience is being tested somewhat; let’s hope this is the final delay! I am also still seriously worried that this YI election will not allow freedom of speech and I worry that making any slight criticisms of other candidates will lead to disqualification. If any candidates are disqualified for simply questioning another candidate’s motives, there will be uproar.”
The new timetable will mean that we will know the final list of candidates will be announced on Tuesday 28th November and we will, of course, bring you that news here as soon as the announcement has taken place.