KSU AGM 2010 LIVE BLOG EXCLUSIVE
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KSU AGM 2010 Ends
Updates from the last hour and a half of KSU AGM 2010:
Pulse electoral reform proposal not approved
Resignations of current KSU. Nominations of candidates. The posts of President, Secretary General and KPS Co-Ordinator are being contested by more than one candidate.
President: Carl Grech (SDM) and Andre Vella (Independent)
Secretary General: Karl Agius (SDM) and Robert Fenech (Moviment Graffiti)
KPS Co-Ordinator: Matthew Bonett (SDM) and Mark Camilleri (Independent)
The Electoral Commission was formed. Electoral Commissioner is Lucienne Caruana, adminsitrative secretary of KSU
Changes in principles on which KPS comments on social affairs.
An group for alumni executive KSU executive members will be formed. They will discuss and produce a report which will be passed through an AGM
Amendments made so that members of the Electoral Commission cannot form part of the Disciplinary Board and its Board of Appeal. Furthermore, amendment carried that members of Disciplinary Board may not form part of its Board of Appeal
19.03: Disciplinary board now being nominated.
18.55: A vote is being taken on the whole of the Discipline Board. One person is being nominated in abstentia, Daniela Bartolo
18.21: Education Commissioner Karl Agius up next.
18.07: International Officer Nadia Papagiorcopulo speaking now.
17.53: Nerissa Pace, Treasurer, says that the Student Opportunity Fund was the main project of the year, with 25,000 having been allocated to it.
17.44: Members of the current KSU team continue reading the annual report, which can be found on the KSU Annual Report booklet which was given to all those attending the AGM.
17.37: Addressing the car park problem. Explaining the multi-level car park proposal
17.28: Order in the Common Room….Not so much outside. More shouting and training of the voice between some Pulse and SDM members.
In the meantime, the reading of the annual report has started. Carl Grech is reading at break-neck speed.
17.12: 172 votes in favour of AGM continuing. AGM will continue.
17.09: The original secret vote will be counted. No second secret vote is taken
16.46: Try and follow this one:
Chairperson wanted to take a vote whether the secret vote we take will be final
Some people didn’t agree with this
After much discussion surrounding the fact mostly that this will lead to vote upon vote, Chairperson has said we shall be taking ANOTHER secret vote on whether the AGM will continue
Many people have left
16.35: Angelo Micallef counter-argues saying that Matthew Mizzi already accepted this precedent when he did not object the second set of tellers which had been elected
Matthew Mizzi passed a comment, “Who here is the supporter of Angelo Micallef?” Yelling ensued.
Matthew Mizzi presents the argument that we will stagnate. The conclusion is that only tellers which were there from the beginning will count i.e. Janet Barthet and Danica Caruana
16.30: Voting ended. More tellers are being nominated. Tellers are Philip Leone-Ganado and Claire Bonello.
Discussion is brewing because people left while the secret vote was taken. It is confirmed that no one came in
Angelo Micallef has suggested counting of votes casted so that they correlate with the head count taken before the vote
Matthew Mizzi is calling a point of order because previous tellers have left and therefore votes cannot be counted. He made an analogy with a judge hearing a case who stops hearing the case halfway through. He states that the statute is being ignored.
16.02: Voting in process
15.47: George Bugeja, Sec Gen of GHSL, proposes vote to be secret so vote will be on paper. The vote is on whether the meeting will be adjourned or not.
15.41: Mark Camilleri amongst tellers nominated.
15.39: New tellers are being nominated and seconded.
15.36: Angelo Micallef contests this decision.
15.33: “LAQGHA SOSPIZA” (“Meeting Adjourned”) – Chairperson
15.30: The room is significantly more empty.
15.28: Supporters of PULSE walk out. They do not tolerate taking another vote regarding the agenda since the first one disagreed with it
15.18: Matthew Mizzi makes a motion for the meeting to be adjourned due to gross disorder.
Chairperson feels that they may continue.
15.17: Franco Rizzo says “Things have not changed in the 4 years I’ve been here”. He conspicuously leaves.
15.15: Mark Camilleri is still in the room.
Tyson Fenech withdraws his motion and says the meeting should be postponed
15.11: Mark Camileri of Realta says it is obvious that the AGM was set up in a way so as to make sure that the Pulse motion is not accepted.
He is asked to leave the room.
15.06 – Tyson Fenech says that point of this AGM was for a mature discussion but this behaviour is disappointing and shows lack of maturity. He says there should be no political agenda in the discussion, but is disappointed that some of the present audience showed no respect towards the chairperson and the other attending audience.
Tyson Fenech withdraws the motion he was presenting on behalf of Pulse, regarding electoral reform, because the AGM has lost its purpose.
15:00: Tyson Fenech claims that the AGM has lost its sense of purpose.
TWO GROUPS OF STUDENTS SHOUTING:
ONE: SEDJA (in support of the Chairperson’s proposals)
14:58: Everyone present asked to leave and re-enter to confirm (a) headcount and (b) that everyone is eligible to vote. Students shouting “Monopolju!”
14:54: Tyson Fenech criticizing KSU’s credibility.
14.43: Decided that change in the order of agenda is not considered an amendment of the statute. Therefore, vote will now be taken to decide whether to approve Tyson’s Fenech motion regarding order of agenda.
14.41: AGM readjourned. Welcome back folks.
14.17: AGM suspended until 14.30. Motion not accepted by some of those in attendance.
14.13: Pulse angry about particular person who they claim is not a student entering. Some are saying it was Anton Damato but this is NOT confirmed.
FIGHT BREAKS OUT. YELLING: ‘FAXXISTI’
Threatening by panel to suspend the AGM.
14.06 – Vivienne Bajada explains that this is equivalent to a change in the statute, because even temporary changes count as a change in the statute.
14.02 – Still some debate going on regarding the actual agenda. Conflicting reports on what the statute says and what is allowed. Tyson Fenech maintains that he only wants to change the order of the agenda and not the statute. Therefore, according to him, a voting can be held regarding this.
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13.46: Vivienne Bajada is putting across the point strongly that right now one may only propose a change in the order of the agenda. One may NOT propose new matters. This can only be done latest 2 days before the AGM. This is how it is stated in the statute
Mark Camilleri counter-argues: “What is the point for an AGM held for all students if they may not propose matters?
13.44: Doors open. More students file in.
13.40: One student asks why the doors are still closed if the doors are normally closed to hold order during the actual voting process. Applause from people left outside
Counter-argument: Since the people already in the room took the vote then it is them who should continue taking the decision for now.
13.38: Tyson Fenech is proposing a re-arrangement in the order of agenda.
13.36 – Point brought up that reporter from Times is also taking photos
Because he has a Press card is allowed
Matthew Vella declares that after the anuual report, the press MUST leave.
13.33: People who had managed to come in when doors opened asked to leave.
Camera boy started filming again.
In argument with panel.
FIGHT BREAKS OUT
13.30: Proposed agenda not approved.
61 in favour
5 people did not vote
Uproar because door was opened too early.
13.19: The voting counts did not match.
Re-vote on the order of the Agenda of the AGM
13.11: Head-count: 206
Voting on agenda…
13.09: Head count: 151
13.01: Matthew Vella elected chairperson.
Matthew Vella is President of SHS – Studenti Harsien Socjali
12.58: Votes don’t agree
12.56: A student has been asked to take away a video recorder.
Student raises point of order for secret vote.
Other student opposes secret vote
Vivienne Bajada states that permission needs to have been granted for a recorded vote from before.
Camera taken away
Voting shall be re-taken
12.45 – KSU AGM begins
Vivienne Bajada says that since she is officially no longer a student, she does not have a vote throughout the AGM.
Instead, 4 tellers are being nominated. Tellers are those individuals who will count votes
No one can get in or out until the vote is over.
12.10 – KSU AGM begins: Lack of quorum of 150 students. AGM postponed by half an hour
A quorum is the minimum number of students needed to take an official vote