Campaigning has been suspended in the referendum on whether or not St Andrews should join the National Union of Students (NUS).
The trigger for this suspension was a lack of attendance at the Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) for the “Yes” team held last night (Wednesday 11 November). Only one student attended the meeting to stand or vote in elections for the spokespeople for the “Yes” campaign. The student in question did not wish to stand for either of the vacant positions.
The EGM was scheduled following the sudden resignation of the previous spokespeople for the “Yes” side, Jo Boon and Ali West, over complaints about the fairness of the referendum process.
As a result of both the spokesperson positions for the “Yes” side remaining vacant, a joint meeting of the Student Representatives Council (SRC) and the Student Services Council (SSC) will be held on Tuesday 17 November at 7:15 pm. The councils will debate a motion on whether or not to cancel the referendum entirely.
Joe Tantillo, the Director of Representation for the Students’ Association, told The Saint: “In light of no students standing to run for the “Yes” campaign team at the EGM yesterday, the Elections Committee has sent a motion to the SRC and the SSC for their consideration at a special joint meeting of the Association Councils this Tuesday, 17th November.
“The motion proposes that the Councils cancel the referendum due to a lack of student engagement. All referendum events and campaigning are presently suspended. We will await the decision of the Councils this Tuesday.”