Published on February 5th, 2013 | by Jake Dalli7
KNZ: Executive to take Vote of Confidence in President as Secretary’s Resignation is Revoked
The National Youth Council’s independent review board, the board of control, is calling for a vote of confidence in council president Ryan Mercieca.
This information came to light in a report published by the board following last month’s deferred extraordinary general meeting. The meeting was called to elect a new executive member after Abigail Cremona resigned from her post as secretary general.
Cremona was asked to step down when it became known that she would be canvassing in a 2014 MEP campaign for a candidate on the Labour ticket.
“For the sake of KNZ’s neutrality, I cannot accept individuals occupying a post in the KNZ executive board while being at the same time involved in any sort of political campaigns,” Mercieca said in a letter on behalf of the council’s executive.
In response, Cremona pointed out that by asking her to resign, the rest of the executive had set a precedent on their own political involvement. (see link article)
The extraordinary general meeting which followed was riddled with confusion, and was highly lamented by member organisations – many of which were absent.
After being asked to review the situation, the board of control released a report earlier this afternoon, detailing a way forward.
The report highlighted the board’s concern that the decision to request Cremona’s resignation was taken by the executive in her absence. Furthermore the report stated that the decision was not based on statutory regulations. It also pointed out that FZL (Labour Youth Forum) and MZPN (Nationalist Party Youth Movement) are full members of KNZ despite their political allegiances.
It was also noted that the EGM was not held in accordance with standard procedures as per the statute. Click here to read the full report.
The board has deemed Cremona’s resignation null, allowing her three days to re-consider her resignation. Moreover, the executive has been asked to take a vote of confidence in Ryan Mercieca, the council’s president.
Cremona said she had not yet read the report in full and would be commenting once she had reached a decision. “I have three days and I’ll see from there,” she said.
Reluctant to comment, Ryan Mercieca said he has no information as to how the executive will proceed, and nothing to add to the report. Furthermore he alleged that a member of the board holds a conflict of interest, yet declined to elaborate.
“It is clear that there is a conflict of interest within the board; the reason stand alone, there is no reason to state them,” Mercieca concluded.
In reply to Mercieca’s comment, Dirk Urpani from the board of control directed Insiteronline.com to Jacob Vella and Vince Marmara [also members of the board]. Urpani emphasized that the decision was taken after consulting all the entities concerned, and taking the statute into consideration.