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Where did the mixed votes go?

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The dust has settled over another KSU election and a landslide victory for SDM. While I wish the best of luck to the winning candidates for their upcoming term, I have taken the liberty of calculating how the student council would have looked like if only the 865 mixed votes cast had been taken into consideration. Subtracting each candidate’s vote tally from that of the student organization they represented, here are the hypothetical alternative results:

President

Clive Gerada 256
Gayle Lynn Callus 377

Vice-President

Robert Cachia 238
Mark Grech- 388

Secretary General

Paul Caruana Turner 320
Kenneth Terribile 213

Financial Officer

Jana Pace Cocks 236
Alistair Baldacchino 366

Public Relations Officer

Simon Polidano 237
Andrew Borg Wirth 375

International Officer

Michele Cardinali 253
Steph Dalli 361

International Coordinator

Cleaven Portelli  282
Daniel Vella 336

Culture & Entertainment Officer

Julia Farrugia 285
Steve Sammut Alessi 331

Culture & Entertainment Coordinator

Kyle Civelli 219
Rebecca Camilleri 601

Education Coordinator

Thomas Bajada 266
Francienne Muscat 352

Social Policy Coordinator

Mina Tolu 242
Andrew Muscat 379

These results show that SDM would still have managed to win the vast majority of their seats. In fact the only Pulse candidate who would have got elected to KSU would have been Paul Caruana Turner in the role of Secretary General. On the other hand, Kenneth Terribile, his SDM counterpart and the new KSU Secretary General, would have received fewer votes than any of the other 21 candidates. I do not intend to pass premature judgement on Kenneth Terribile and his merits but it is hard to deny that this is quite an interesting statistic…

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Emphatic victory for SDM

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SDM have officially been re-elected to KSU, winning 1989 of the total cast votes that translates to a percentage of 47.8%. Pulse only managed to gather 1297 votes, that is 31.1% of the total sum. While the gap between the two student organizations last year was only 305 votes, it increased significantly this year to 692 votes. 865 (20.8%) votes this year were mixed and 45 (1.1%) votes were deemed invalid.

Celebrations on quad after official news of SDM's landslide victory was announced

Celebrations on quad after official news of SDM’s landslide victory was announced

Out of 12092 eligible voters, only 4196 (34.7%) decided to cast their votes this year. This reflects an increase by 1.7% from the previous year and is a new student-voter percentage turnout record at the University of Malta.

These results mean that Gayle Lynn Callus will serve as KSU President for 2014-15 and it is has also been confirmed that all the other SDM members contesting the election alongside him have all been raised to KSU too.

The final vote tallies are as follows:

President
Clive Gerada: 1553
Gayle Lynn Callus: 2366

Vice President
Robert Cachia: 1535
Mark Grech: 2377

Secretary General
Paul Caruana Turner: 1617
Kenneth Terribile: 2202

Financial Officer
Jana Pace Cocks: 1533
Alistair Baldacchino: 2355

Public Relations Officer
Simon Polidano: 1534
Andrew Borg Wirth: 2364

International Officer
Michele Cardinali: 1550
Steph Dalli: 2350

International Coordinator
Cleaven Portelli: 1579
Daniel Vella: 2325

Culture & Entertainment Officer
Julia Farrugia: 1582
Steve Sammut Alessi: 2320

Culture & Entertainment Coordinator
Kyle Civelli: 1516
Rebecca Camilleri: 2590

Education Coordinator
Thomas Bajada: 1563
Francienne Muscat: 2341

Social Policy Coordinator
Mina Tolu: 1539
Andrew Muscat: 2368

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KSU Elections 2014|Election Day: Live Updates

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KSU Elections 2014: Live Updates

Livestream: http://www.livestream.com/insitemalta

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01:02 Official Results: Pulse 1297, SDM 1989, Mixed 865, Invalid 45

00:32 SDM begin to blast campaign tune after campaign tune, spanning over the past 2-3 elections, as Carl B [podcast] is cut short at the unaffiliated hot dog stand close by.

A certain student’s ecstasy has revealed some inner primate characteristics, having climbed up the (significantly high) Pulse structure for a nice view of the door at students’ house. He however quickly climbs back down.

We would like to remind followers that official results are yet to be released, and that no indications have been given by the commission.

00:20 A little update from the outside of Students’ House, like other years – news from inside students house have made it out. SDM have begun blasting music to drown out any sense of uncertainty, as candidates start to be raised on supporters’ shoulders. While there is no official result from the commission, the atmosphere from around the SDM stand is nothing but celebratory, make of it what you will.

00:15 Lots of commotion in the common room as the commission tried to urge the officials to confirm counting. Expecting an official result in 10-15 minutes but it’s pretty apparent that SDM have won this election.

00:12 Pulse are evacuating quad. Still waiting for an official result.

00:05 All officials are rushed to their tables by the Commission in order to accelerate the counting process as much as possible.

00:02 The Commissioner is verifying dubious votes.

23:51 Electoral commissioner asks for everyone’s utmost attention as we reach a delicate stage of the counting.

Common room box 2 closed.

23:45 Common Room box 2, Sir Temi Zammit Box 2 are now being counted.

23:36 Sir Temi Zammit box 1 is complete. Block votes are still being counted. Official results will be published when they are divulged to us.

23:08 We are more than halfway through with the counting of the block votes. We will give you the official result when we have it.

22:34 Valletta: 1 SDM, 2 mixed

22:32 All 3 Gozitans block voted SDM.

22:29 Piles of 50 are being placed on each table to be sorted. Block votes are being counted. Dubious votes are to be placed aside, to be reviewed by the Commissioner himself.

The Commissioner was interrupted by a loud bang as a chair was knocked over, and he threatened to kick Ernest Mercieca out.

22:24 It has been confirmed that a total of 4196 students voted.

2:16 The Electoral Commissioner is sternly reminding those present to remain focused so no other mistakes are made. They are being recounted.

22:04 The votes of Junior College box 1 were not all reconciled, with a discrepancy of 10. They are being recounted.

21:53 Common Box 1: 2066 eligible, 582 voted

Sir Temi Zammit box 2: 2029 eligible, 574 voted

21:48 Junior College Box 2 (2nd years): 1040 eligible, 272 voted

Gozo: Eligible 151, voted 3
Valletta Campus: Eligible 77, voted 3

21:44 Some figures as they come to us.

Common Room box 2: 817 voted
Medical School Mater Dei: 1778 eligible, 454 voted

21:34 Before any counting or sorting can begin, the ballot sheets are split into piles of fifty each.  This process is expected to take a while longer.

21:30 A healthy dose of energy drinks have arrived for everyone present including us.

21:28 Follow our livestream on http://www.livestream.com/insitemalta

21:20 The ballot boxes have been opened and Sir Temi Zammit box 1 votes are all on the tables.

21:04 Representatives from both parties have started streaming in.  They are taking their places at each table in order to supervise the process.

The Electoral Commissioner is giving instructing everyone about the process.

Tensions are clearly high.

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20:25 The common room smells of Pizza as the electoral commission takes a well-deserved break before the counting of votes.

20:18 Voting is now closed. The boxes are being carried in. Follow our live blog for updates during the counting of votes and watch out for our livestream.

19:07 This afternoon, InsiterTV met up with Graziano Geremia, an Erasmus student who, despite not being able to vote in today’s KSU election, was seen around campus trying to encourage those who can to do so!

 18:48 According to the Electoral Commission, 3941 votes have been submitted by 6:30 pm. This is equivalent to 32.6% out of the total number of eligible voters. The final voting percentage last year was 33.43%.

18:25  A dispute has broken out between members of Pulse and SDM as well as the Electoral Commissioner. When questioned, Christopher Vella, vice-president of Pulse, claimed that SDM had tried to win some last-minute votes by setting up a stand right outside Gateway with the intention of offering free coffee and sandwiches to those emerging students whose lectures at Gateway will soon finish. He described such a move by SDM as simple ‘propaganda’. The situation has now been resolved and the sandwiches have all been eaten. Rumour has it that the coffee boiler will be transferred to Quad.

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17.48 There seems to be a general aura of disapproval over the retention of promotional banners around campus. ‘Silent day’? What ‘silent day’?

16.26 According to the Electoral Commission, over 2900 students have cast their vote up to this point in time.  This is equivalent to 24% of the eligible voters.

This is relatively similar to the figures from last year, where by 3pm 3191 students had cast their vote out of 13405 eligible voters (23%).

A similar turnout to that of last year is therefore expected by the time the voting ends.

Gayle Lynn Callus (left) and Clive Gerada (right) share an intimate moment with the camera before scrambling away to continue convincing people to vote

Gayle Lynn Callus (left) and Clive Gerada (right) share an intimate moment with the camera before scrambling away to continue convincing people to vote

14.58 Latest updates from the Electoral Commission:

The Valletta and Gozo ballot boxes have arrived on campus with a total of 6 votes collectively.

Valletta: 3/77 3.9%

Gozo: 3/151 2%

The Gozo ballot box arriving on Campus

The Gozo ballot box arriving on Campus

13.51 The Nitpicker just brightened up our day a little bit and sent us his take on the elections.

Read it here: http://insiteronline.com/comment/opinion-comment/pancakes-beer-hot-dogs/

13.15 More photo updates:

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12.45 The Electoral Commission has just announced that the turnout up until 12 pm was of 1463 votes cast, which is 12% of the eligible voters.

11.00 More photo updates:

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10.55 Official update from the Electoral Commission: everything is running smoothly at Junior College, with a positive turnout, especially from first years.

10.05 Some photo updates from this morning:

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8.47  Most boxes are now open, with the exception of those at the Valletta and Gozo Campus, since presumably, electoral commission members need a little more time to get there – happy voting! We’d like to remind everyone the voting venues – which can be found below in a previous update.

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8:30 - We’ve  been informed that there was a slight delay at Sir Temi Zammit due to the computers, which are used to verify students by the registrar, took longer to arrive. Pulse candidate Paul Caruana Turner was first to vote.

8.00 Voting at the Common Room and Sir Temi Zammit Hall is now open

7.55 Pulse and SDM have had qualms over the banners which both organisations have placed strategically around campus grounds. Pulse seem to have been under the impression that there was an agreement to take all banners down at 10pm. SDM on the other hand seem convinced that the agreement allowed them to keep some of the posters up.

After a heated argument, a new agreement has been reached.

7.30 The longest day on campus is finally here, and as always, we will be with you every step of the way.

The Electoral Commission has informed us that there are 12092 eligible voters for today’s election.

In order to be able to vote, students will have to provide their Identity Card, Passport, Driver’s Licence or Smart Card.

The following is a breakdown of the voting locations on campus:

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The box at Junior College will be open from 08:00 to 17.15

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KSU Elections Debate: Live Updates

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After the successful “Candidates in the Hotseat” event on Friday, presidential candidates Gayle Lynn Callus (SDM) and Clive Gerada (PULSE) go head to head in what should be a heated debate.

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Live Streaming of debate: livestream.com/insitemalta

ATTN: Live Stream might not be consistent, due to problems with the UoM Internet connection which Insite has no control on.

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Live Blog:

14:06 The debate has been concluded by Julian Caruana. Presidential candidates shake hands, and representatives of Insite, TDM 2000, Pulse and SDM pose for a photo and are given a souvenir of today’s debate. Thank you for your attendance and for following our live updates. We apologise once again for the issues with the live streaming, however the connection at University is not within our control.

14:04 By Pulse’s slogan ‘paving the way’, he means that students should not only benefit from KSU’s work but should work hand in hand with KSU themselves to achieve such beneficial results. He says that student involvement should extend involvement of the 33% of voters. He mentions that a lot of mature students wonder what KSU actually does.

14:03 He says that Pulse will provide all the available options and leave the decision-making up to the students.

14:02 Gerada points out that the current problems faced by UoM students have always been problems when a SDM student council was inside KSU. He criticizes them for focusing too much on designing aesthethic manifestos and posters.

14:00 As a concluding remark, Callus says that the SDM manifesto provides an accurate vision of what SDM will achieve should they get elected and that their campaign slogan will reflect the relationship they will hold with UoM students.

13:59 Gerada says that such organizations cannot only be held at JC but in all Maltese 6th forms. Callus points out that their AGM report mentioned the fact that KSU had held consultation meetings with all Maltese 6th forms, except St Aloysius because they weren’t available. He also adds that KSU worked with KSJC even when it was a mixed council.

13:57 With regards the lack of activity by KSU at JC, Callus points out that KSU have only used events such as pizza day as a platform to meet students and discuss any issues they might have had. He mentions his plans for an Organisations’ fair at JC, and that KSJC was given 5,000 euro to invest in the students there.

13:56 With regards the running track, Callus says that the funds will come from the University and the European Union. The complex will also host a large parking area.

13:56 Gerada criticizes KSU for not consulting with organizations such as We-Are.

13:55 With regards LGBT issues, Callus re-affirms his stance that discussions no longer need to be held about it. We are living in the 21st century and people should be allowed to do whatever they want to in the bedroom.

13:52 With regards the parking sensors issue, Callus says that SDM have conducted their research along with other private sectors.

13:51 Gerada says that KSU has worked but has done so in a bureaucratic manner and that is what Pulse will try to change.

13:50 With regards the legal studies issue, Callus criticizes Gerada for not making reference to an urgent KPS meeting that was held about the problem.

13:49 Callus speaks now and says that the only board that Pulse had to contact regarding Smart-Card refundable ferry trips was the SMGB board. He also adds that Pulse’s proposal regarding smart card refunds for Gozitan students will be taken on board even if SDM are elected since it is a proposal that has several merits.

13:48 Regarding the civil union bill, Gerada says that Pulse have moved on towards the inclusion of transgender UoM students.

13:48 Gerada also adds that the University should not only cater for current University students but also for future ones.

13:47 He says that such a lack of concrete activity disheartens students.

13:46 Gerada wonders whether organizations believe that KPS is currently capable of providing proper action to their problems.

13:46 He brings up the fact that the Faculties of Business and IT do not yet have any official representatives.

13:45 Gerada points out the need for proper transparency between KSU and students. He says that KSU had not even asked Pulse regarding several issues.

13:44 Gerada brings up the issue regarding John Gabaretta but Julian Caruana shuts him off.

13:43 Gerada points out that World Cup stickers are already smart-card refundable so the implementation of his scheme will certainly be a successful one.

13:42 Gerada points out that the manifesto is only a vague outline of Pulse’s plans and that he obviously plans for meetings beyond the Gozo Liaison Officer at KSU. Firstly though, he plans for a proper collaboration with GUG.

13:42 Regarding Pulse’s proposals for a locker system to cater for any Gozitan students’ baggage, he points out that such a scheme is already partially in place.

13:40 Ryan Mercieca, GUG President, asks Clive about his proposal regarding Smart Card refundable Gozo Ferry trips. He points out that all Pulse have done was hold one meeting and neither with the University board nor the Ministry of Gozitan Affairs.

13:39 Luisa Tolu, a We-Are representative asks Gayle-Lynn regarding KSU’s statement on their stance on civill unions, criticizing them for being vague and potentially clueless.

13:39 Karl Attard, a first year PE student, says that the promised track from last year’s SDM manifesto has not happened. Callus asks for a clarification of which manifesto he is referring to.

13:37 KSU exec member Luana Vassallo points out a mistake in Gerada’s argument regarding KPS.

13:36 Another student takes to the stand to criticize KSU for only organizing one pizza day and one milkshake day as part of their JC-related projects.

13:35 A law student takes to the stand to ask what studies their proposals on the parking sensors in Car Park 4 are based on.

13:34 Zerafa points out that Gabaretta may have had a conflict of interest as a secretary general of KSU and part of the senate.

13:33 Gabaretta stands in front of Zerafa and tells them that any personal allegations should be told directly to him, in his face.

13:34 Julian Caruana asks Zerafa to conclude because his one minute is over.

13:30 Matthew Zerafa takes to the stand to answer Gabaretta’s question. He says that KSU’s senate does not currently publish their minutes. He has no problem with that but does have a problem with the fact that, while Gabaretta was within KSU, the Legal Studies issue was never brought up.

13:29 Gabaretta steps up to the mic. He criticizes Gerada for only focusing on the expenditure of events and for ignoring their income that often over-rides any expenses made.

13:28 Paul Caruana Turner steps up and criticizes SDM’s bipartisan nature. He says that, for him, there is no Pulse and SDM…while wearing a Pulse T-shirt. He says he will be there for each and every student.

13:28 Julian Caruana opens the floor for student questions.

13:27 Gerada says that money will be gained by cancelling some excessive events.

13:25 He brings up Pulse’s proposals for a Resource Card for international students that will offer discounts on local products for international students. He says that KSU’s focus should not be on itself but on students and student organizations.

13:24 He also mentions Pulse’s green plans with regards the addition of bike racks and the promotion of car pooling. He points out, however, that such projects take time. He insists that ’We must work for all students, even for international students.’

13:22 He says that, should Pulse get elected, they will give priority to job opportunities, parking problems, late result publication, the introduction of Smart Card refundable Gozo ferry trips for Gozitan students and to the creation of a rubber track and a synthetic football pitch within UoM. He also highlights the need for improved wi-fi connectivity, particularly within Gateway.

13:23 Gerada says that the if Pulse is elected in KSU, they will give priority to the tardiness of results, parking problems and other student-related issues.

13:21 Gerada agrees with SDM’s campaign slogan but points out that their proposals for the time sensors and the five-minute reading time before exams were borrowed from Pulse’s manifesto from the previous year.

13:20 He also brings up SDM’s proposals for a van to cater to the needs of student organisations, and for the introduction of a car pooling system, time sensors ,and a drive-in cinema in Car Park 6. He concludes by quoting SDM’s campaign slogan “The student will be at the centre of our work”.

13:19 He also brings up SDM’s proposals for the canteen refurbishment project that will directly encourage student participation in a similar manner as the Quad refurbishment one and the Student Mobile Plan that will offer specific mobile-phone deals exclusively for University students.

13:18 Callus brings up his past experience as Culture and Entertainment Officer within KSU and states that he has always stressed the importance of the involvement of student organisations in KSU’s decision-making process, a philosophy he now wishes to expand to the education sector.

13:17 Caruana brings up a potentially controversial question: “Why should students vote for candidates from Pulse/SDM and not from the other party.”

13:16 Gerada compliments KSU for their work regarding the Quad refurbishment project and says that Pulse will follow that route by not focusing solely on short-term projects but on similar long-term ones.

13:16 Callus brings out the pictures of the planned new Quad, for everyone to have a look at, and both candidates agree that the proposed refurbishment of Quad is a step in the right direction.

13:14 Callus points out that Quad is due to be refurbished this coming summer in a project that will see an investment of 20,000 euro from non-KSU coffers. As the final design for Quad was the winner out of a competition that was open to all students, Callus uses it as a clear example of active student collaboration with KSU that is about to bear real fruits.

13:13 Caruana wonders why several proposals in both manifestos refer to their future involvement in projects where the final decision lies out of KSU’s hands. As an example, he offers the refurbishment of Quad that was proposed two years ago.

13:11 Callus points out that he is fully in favour of gay marriages and gay adoptions, and that his position is crystal clear. His aim is not to go to the media and boast about KSU’a achievements but to wade into the student body with the help of student organisations, not only with regards events but also with more important social and education issues.

13:09 Gerada brings up the recent Insite article that quoted SDM’s secretary general’s response to the civil union bill as saying that SDM are ‘open to discussions’. He slams into them for being far too late for discussions about a bill that is soon to be passed and wonders whether their efforts would have been better spent preparing students for a life after the inevitable passing of the bill.

13:08 Gerada points out that SDM’s response was far too late.

13:07 Gerada expands on the Legal Studies issue by pointing out that, while medicine students enter their course with a background in biology and chemistry, law students only need languages to enter Law Course and, as such, are confronted with several confusing legal terms that their lecturers assume their familiarity with.

13:05 Callus presents KSU’s reaction regarding the Legal studies issue. Gerada continues to insist that this wasn’t enough

13:05 Callus reminds Gerada that SDM have issued an official response regarding the Legal Studies issue. Gerada slams into SDM for their constant use of buzzwords in their reports. Callus points out how many meetings KSU have had with deans of various faculties.

13:03 It is heating up big time here. Gerada says that he will not be afraid to criticize what is wrong within KSU. He says that, if it wasnt for Pulse, the Legal Studies issue would have been swept under the carpet.

13:02 Gerada responds by listing down the positive projects that GHSL was a part of including their representation of the student body and their active involvement in the Legal Studies issue.

3:01 Caruana brings up the fact that Clive Gerada was president of Ghsl and spent six months on an Erasmus exchange without resigning from his GHsl position. He wonders whether that is the sort of commitment the students should expect of him should he win the election.

13:00 The crowd is turning restless.

13:00 Callus brings up the fact that the financial information that Gerada is after is already available on their website. Gerada wonders why it is that students have to go to KSU for information and not the other way around.

12:58 Gerada refers to the fact that KSU’s financial report made mention of 14,000 euro that were spent on ‘other expenses’ that were not specified further. Callus tells him that he could have asked that question at their AGM. Gerada re-mentions the need for full transparency of KSU’s finances to the student body.

12:57 Callus points out that KSU do not have the power to create audits whenever they want to. Gerada disagrees with him and says that quarterly audits are nothing extraordinary and certainly achievable.

12:56 Gerada wonders, for example, where the 20,000 euro on the Research Fund actually went to. A student shouts out that such information is available on the KSU website and Gerada mocks SDM by saying that ‘everything is on the website…”

12:55 Gerada says that, with Pulse in KSU, they will report their financial income and expenditure to the students. Yearly reports are not enough and such information must be made transparent to the students every month.

12:53 Callus criticizes the student for his lack of awareness on several projects that have actually come at the cost of KSU expenditure, such as the implementation of the water fountains. He also mentions behind-the-scenes work such as the setting up of transport, culture and research funds that may not always be visible but which positively affect students at the cost of money from KSU’s coffers.

12:51 Caruana halts the debate to bring up a real-life situation where he had met up with an architecture student who criticized KSU for not doing enough and who used this hypothesis as justification for the fact that he wasn’t going to vote at all this year. He was left stunned when Caruana brought up the fact that KSU had spent 280,000 euro last year and that, over the period of four years, it could be calculated that over a million euro have been spent. He asks Callus what KSU have done with those million euro.

12:50 Callus shoves away Gerada’s questions about KSU’s work four years ago, pointing out that he is only concerned about what is happening in the present.

12:49 Gerada criticizes the fact that not enough student consultation was held with regards the borderline mark for the publication of exam results. He asks why the deadline had not been set to a date earlier than the 31st of March.

12:47 He also mentions the problem with late results. He points out that, as it stands, finished exams are sent to their respective examiners who used to remain anonymous. However, KSU have now managed to make the identity of those examiners transparent to those students whose papers they actually correct.

12:46 With regards events Callus says that they involve students on a direct basis and that, as a result, SDM will be expanding on them should they get elected.

12:46 Callus also refers to the fact that the student voter turn-out for last year was larger than of the previous year.

12:45 Callus tells Gerada that KSU have actually asked students for their input and brings up the poll that was sent to students regarding the positions of the new water fountains as an example.

12:44 Gerada says that having a KSU with open doors for students is not enough and that KSU should actually get down and dirty with the students themselves. He also appeals for more communication with the students, something that he insists is currently lacking.

12:42 Gerada says that Pulse will spend far less money on events. Almost 50% of the previous SDM’s funding was spent on events. He says that events are important but should not be a priority and that the focus should be on student representation. He wonders whether most students are even aware of the existence of the student consultation app on KSU’s website.

12:43 Events should not be a priority of KSU’s, says Gerada. Their primary priority should be student inclusion.

12:42 Caruana rephrases the question by asking Gerada how Pulse will solve the problem.

12:41 Gerada brings up the problem of student apathy that he claims KSU have not done enough to counter.

12:40 Caruana mentions the fact that only 30% of students voted in last year’s election as a reflection of the possibility that only 30% of UoM students care about what goes on within KSU. He asks them what guarantee they have that their proposals will positively affect students beyond those 30%.

12:39 Callus asks Gerada what Pulse are proposing that is different from what SDM is. Gerada says that Pulse have never got a crack at SDM but Callus shakes his head and tells him that they have had more than enough chances to win election.

12:38 Callus mentions the several meetings that KSU have proposed very recently but Gerada counters and says that it is not meetings that students are after but proper concrete action.

12:37 The Presidential candidates are doing a quick fire of questions and one-line answers, the winner gets the most applause… Callus continues to insist that they are on the right track and is met by a round of applause.

12:36 This is getting interesting quickly. Gerada says that Callus’ admittance that the parking problems haven’t been solved yet reflects a lack of power within the previous KSU.

12:35 Gerada criticizes SDM for having been within KSU for several years, during which time they have proposed far more than they have actually changed.

12:34 Callus says that SDM is the only organization that proposes and provides holistic plans regarding transport.

12:33 Callus brings up the bike partnership scheme that is set to be implemented within the coming weeks and the Transport Fund that Gerada conveniently forgot to mention that had seen the donation of 5000 euro by Transport Malta to facilitate public transport for UoM students.

12:31 Callus slams into Gerada, saying that he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. He reminds him that KSU don’t set the meeting dates. Gerada mocks him by sarcastically stating ‘You represent the students..’

12:31 Things are heating up just 15 minutes into the debate.

12:29 Gerada criticizes KSU for not introducing the white parking scheme before midday, the morning including those peak hours where students find most trouble parking in. He also criticizes the previous KSU for dragging their feet on several other important issues and for only implementing them a month before the elections.

12:28 Callus has been to several meetings to increase the number of white parking spaces at UoM.

12:25 Caruana interrupts Callus’ speech to ask him to expand on what the previous KSU have done to improve the parking problem at UoM. Callus mentions the Precints Office that was set up last November.

12:24 With regards increased student participation, Callus mentions the need for KSU to involve student organisations in every decision. This is a proposal that has already started to be implemented in the actions of last year’s KSU, for example, with the Organizations Forum.

12:22 Callus’ visions include increased student participation, and the changing of the KPS statute as proposed in the flowchart in their manifesto that will make proper use of student and organisation consultation. He refers to KSU’s work throughout the previous year and explains SDM’s proposals regarding KPS which he says are built upon student participation and feedback.

12:20 Caruana wonders whether such proposals counter their greener ones. Gerada mentions Pulse’s car pooling proposals that he says will not only be environmentally beneficial but will also help students with regards to the lack of parking spaces.

12:19: Gerada also elaborates on parking problems and how he is going to go about solving them. He refers to last year’s proposals on parking by SDM. He criticizes KSU for their lack of concrete improvements in parking at UoM. He says that the government’s current Park and Ride scheme is nowhere near enough, particularly for the students from the south of Malta.

12:17 Gerada explains that he wishes to work with Malta Enterprise to allow students to meet with potential employers. He mentions the importance of internships and training to allow graduates to settle comfortably within the world of work.

12:17 Gerada mentions a decrease in tardiness in result publication, a solution to the parking problems faced by students, and the bridging of the large gap that currently exists between university and the workplace.

12:16 Caruana asks the two candidates what their three main proposals are.

12:15 Caruana introduces the two candidates and both are met with a round of applause. The announcement of Gerada is met with a few whoops too.

12:12 The chair for this debate is Insite’s Media Officer Julian Caruana.

12:11 The candidates have taken to their seats. It looks as though Callus will be referring to his manually written notes while Gerada will be referring to his electronic tablet.

12:05 The weather is scorching and the presidential debate between Gayle Lynn Callus, candidate president of SDM, and Clive Gerada,  candidate President of Pulse is about to begin. Hold onto your seats.

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Għ.S.l to revise law notes

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During a presentation in front of a well attended reception of members from various student organisations, faculty organisation ‘Għaqda Studenti tal- Liġi’ (Għ.s.L), unveiled that this year’s executive will try push for a reform in the way course notes are issued.

During the reception a short video presentation was shown presenting each member to the audience. They were then allowed some time to put forward their aims for the entire year.

In his address Mr. Josh Chircop, academic officer of Għ.s.L, highlighted that a sub-committee will be formed where the notes themselves and the way that they are distributed will be put under scrutiny.He highlighted that a good number of the course notes available to students are outdated and that they will do their outmost to try revise them.

At the conclusion of the presentation Għ.s.L President Franceso Refalo delivered a speech highlighting that this year’s Għ.s.L executive is going to try dispel the perception of any partisan bias throughout this year’s executive in order to present an organisation that is truely focused on educational matters pertaining to the Law course.

When queried by insiteronline on the proposed reform of the law notes, Mr Refalo explained that although the ultimate aim for the sub-committee will be to try to improve the course notes available certain factors, such as permission from lecturers, might prove to be a stumbling block. He emphasised that the sub-committee will explore every possibility available to improve the notes.

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Absentees not allowed to vote a day early yet

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Insite has been in contact with Electoral Commissioner Keith Galea, who divulged that for this year’s election, students who have a medical appointment or are abroad on election day will not be allowed to vote on the previous day. The reason behind this is logistical since the system used by the Registrar cannot be amended on such short notice.

However, Galea is working closely with the Registrar to make this possible from next year.

In addition, the commission is also working to make it possible for Gozitan students at the University of Malta, who know they will not be in Malta on election day, to register from beforehand to be able to be able to vote in Gozo.

 

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