On Tuesday, April 3, the Electoral Commission of the Student Parliament of International Burch University held its constitutive session at which it adopted several decisions to organize the 2018 electoral process.
The Electoral Commission is a permanent body of the Student Parliament tasked with organizing and monitoring annual elections for the Assembly of the Student Parliament, which will take place on April 25 and April 26.
At its constitutive session, the Electoral Commission adopted the Electoral Calendar, the Rulebook on the Course of the Electoral Process, the Rulebook on the Work of Voting Boards, the Rulebook on the Work of Electoral Observers, and appointed the members of the Voting Boards.
The Electoral Calendar specifies the events and dates of the electoral process for all participants in the elections.
The Electoral Commission adopted the Rulebook on the Course of the Electoral Process regulating many matters of importance and relevance for the elections, including the voting place, the format of the voting slips and the mechanism to lodge complaints on the course and results of the elections.
“This Rulebook, as well as the Decision on the Electoral Process, are the fundamental documents which guarantee the fairness, transparency and reliability of the electoral process,” Mersiha Jaskić, the president of the Electoral Commission, said.
“Each student has the irrevocable and unequivocal right to be a candidate equal to every other; each voter that is not an employee may observe the elections and, because of that and because of the establishment of voting boards, a larger number of interested students will be able to actively participate in the elections; each voter will be able to check her/his voting slip after submitting it and lodge complaints on the course and results of the electoral process, while everyone will be able to review all voting slips,” Jaskić explained the three pillars of the election – fairness, transparency and reliability.
The Rulebook on the Work of the Voting Boards enumerates the work of the Boards and specifies the way in which the Boards will work, with an emphasis on ensuring the fairness, transparency and reliability of the elections.
The Rulebook on the Work of Electoral Observers treats the rights and responsibilities of the observers in order to guarantee equal treatment for all, in respect towards all participants in the electoral process.
The Electoral Commission also named three Voting Boards, one for each faculty within the University, which will directly implement the elections.
All documents adopted by the Electoral Commission, as well as those relating to the 2018 elections, can be found here.