Interpretations and Rulings

Rulings

 

Yuchen Chen

After completing an investigation and having spoken with the Returning Officer at the National Union of Students, the decision has been made to remove Yuchen Chen from the election process. It has been decided that there is a number of eye-witness accounts, some from neutral and reliable sources, that Yuchen Chen has been casting votes on behalf of students. This was outlined at the candidate briefing as being an action which would result in candidates being removed from the election.

Date of Decision: 18/03/2020

Time of Decision: 10:30

Deadline for Appeal: 10:30- 20/03/2020

 

Non-Compliant Manifestos

A complaint was received regarding the the compliance of the following manifestos:

  • Samiullah- President
  • Sam Dorywala- VP (Education)
  • Yuchen Chen- VP (Education)
  • Yeqi Zhou- VP (Education)

Candidates were given an alloted timeframe within which they were required to update their manifesto so that it fit the format required by our bye-laws. Responses were received from three candidates, however we have yet to receive a response from Yeqi Zhou. 

It is the decision of the DRO that Yeqi Zhou will be banned from all forms of campaigning until a compliant manifesto has been received, effective from 4pm on Wednesday 11th March. This will include all forms of face-to-face and digital campaigning, both by Yeqi Zhou, and their campaign team.

Date of Decision: 11/03/2020

Time of Decision: 12:13

Deadline for Appeal: 12:13- 13/03/2020

 

Notice from DRO

As of 9am (the opening of the ballot) there were no outstanding appeals. 

Date of Announcement: 10/03/2020

Time of Announcement: 09:00

 

Llnnall Emmanuel and Jiang Yuanting

Evidence has been recieved showing Llnnall Emmanuel and Jiang Yuanting campigning as a slate with Yuchen Chen . The DRO has not received confirmation via e-mail of this slate as requested at the candidate briefing. The DRO is satisfied that there is clear evidence of collective online campaigning by the group, and that the campaign has reached students who are voting in the election. 

It is the decision of the DRO that Llnnall Emmanuel and Jiang Yuanting will be banned from all forms of campaigning for 18 hours, effective from 6pm on Monday 9th March until 12pm on Tuesday 10th March. This will include all forms of face-to-face and digital campaigning, both by Llnnall Emmanuel, Jiang Yuanting, and their respective campaign teams.

Date of Decision: 09/03/2020

Time of Decision: 13:22

Deadline for Appeal: 08:00- 10/03/2020

 

Yuchen Chen

Evidence has been recieved showing Yuchen Chen campigning as a slate with Llnnall Emmanuel and Jiang Yuanting. The DRO has not received confirmation via e-mail of this slate as requested at the candidate briefing. The DRO is satisfied that there is clear evidence of collective online campaigning by the group, and that the campaign has reached students who are voting in the election. 

Taking into consideration that this is the candidate's second offence, it is the decision of the DRO that Yuchen Chen will be banned from all forms of campaigning for 24 hours, effective from 6pm on Monday 9th March until 6pm on Tuesday 10th March. This will include all forms of face-to-face and digital campaigning, both by Yuchen Chen and their campaign team.

Date of Decision: 09/03/2020

Time of Decision: 13:22

Deadline for Appeal: 08:00- 10/03/2020

 

Yuchen Chen

Evidence has been recieved showing Yuchen Chen began campaigning before 9am on 4th March. The DRO is satisfied that there is clear evidence of the announcement of their candidacy on via WeChat, and that post has reached students who are voting in the election. Candidates were asked at the Candidate Briefing to disclose whether they have begun campaigning to the DRO. This did not occur.

It is the decision of the DRO that Yuchen Chen will be banned from all forms of campaigning for 48 hours, effective from 12pm on Thursday 5th March until 12pm on Saturday 7th March. This will include all forms of face-to-face and digital campaigning, both by Yuchen Chen and their campaign team.

Date of Decision: 05/03/2020

Time of Decision: 09:26

Deadline for Appeal: 09:26- 07/03/2020

 

Sam Dorywala

Sam Dorywala was unable to attend the Hustings due to personal reasons. The DRO is aware of those reasons and has accepted that they are reasonable and has permitted the candidate to miss the event.

Date of Decision: 04/03/2020

Time of Decision: 22:15

Deadline for Appeal: 22:15- 06/03/2020

 

Anthony Stepniak

Anthony is unable to attend the Hustings due to personal reasons. The DRO is aware of those reasons and has accepted that they are reasonable and has permitted the candidate to miss the event.

Date of Decision: 04/03/2020

Time of Decision: 17:02

Deadline for Appeal: 17:02- 06/03/2020

 

Jeremy Lamy

Jeremy did not attend a candidate briefing and did not provide an explanation to the DRO. As a result, the decision has been made to remove Jeremy from the election.

Date of Decision: 04/03/2020

Time of Decision: 15:50

Deadline for Appeal: 15:50- 06/03/2020

 

Hollie Hargrave

Hollie is unable to attend the Candidate Briefing due to personal reasons. The DRO is aware of those reasons and has accepted that they are reasonable and has permitted the candidate to miss the briefing. Hollie will receive the informaion through a seperate scheduled briefing.

Date of Decision: 04/03/2020

Time of Decision: 08:44

Deadline for Appeal: 08:44- 06/03/2020


Interpretations and Information

 

Campaigning and Use of Devices

“Candidates are reminded that they must not place undue pressure on students to vote for them. Candidates  are prohibited from either voting on behalf of a student or to be present when a student is voting. 

Any candidates found to be breaching the above will be dealt with in the strictest possible way at this point in the election process.”
 

Time and date of announcement: 09:23- 12/03/2020

 

Gifting to Voters-Yeqi Zhou

We have received a number of complaints about the gifting of red envelopes via WeChat regarding Yeqi Zhou's campaign. The following decision has been made:

"We Yeqi's statement that post was from somebody who is not on their campaign team, and as a result we are taking no formal action. 
 
We do however request that all candidates and their campaign teams look out for any “unapproved” campaigning on their behalf, and request that any such campaigns are taken down immediately. Once candidates have requested it to be taken down, they should report the incident to the DRO so that they are aware of what has happened and can be confident that action has been taken.”

Time and date of announcement: 11:05- 11/03/2020

 

Gifting to Voters

It has come to our attention that candidates have been offering "gifts" to students in exchange for votes in the form of very small cash gifts and free items. It is not permitted to give away items in exchange for votes, however this was not made explicit in the canidate briefing. Candidates are allowed to give "freebies" (free items) to students to engage them in conversation.

The DRO would like to remind any students that have been "gifting" items, that these must be declared as part of your campaign budget claim at the end of the election process.

Time and date of announcement: 11:01- 10/03/2020

 

Tracy Opoku Afryiye

Tracy Opoku Afryiye has removed themselves from the election for European Union Students' Officer

Time and date of announcement: 13:08- 09/03/2020

 

Henrietta Farrugia

Henrietta Farrugia has oped out of their free printing allowance, and will instead receive an extra £10 on their campaigning budget.

Time and date of announcement: 13:54- 05/03/2020

 

Announcement of Slate

The following students have declared themselves together in a campaigning slate

  • Jonathon Vobe- Vice President (Welfare and Activities)
  • Sam Dorywala- Vice President (Education)

Time and date of announcement: 09:00- 04/03/2020

 

Announcement of Slate

The following students have declared themselves together in a campaigning slate

  • Tamara Holt- Societies Officer
  • Hollie Hargrave- LGBT Officer
  • Hugo Hegner- European Union Students' Officer

Time and date of announcement: 09:00- 04/03/2020