Judicial Council announces allegations of campaign misconduct

first_imgThe Election Committee of the Judicial Council announced Wednesday in a press release it will not release the student government election results pending an appeal of allegations of campaign spending misconduct against the Fonseca-Narimatsu ticket.Eddie Griesedieck According to the press release, the Judicial Council found juniors Rohit Fonseca and Daniela Narimatsu “in violation of Section 17.2(e) and 17.2(f) of the Student Union Constitution” over the course of their campaign for student body president and vice president.Section 17.2(e) requires all candidates to notify the Election Committee of any campaign purchases before the candidates use the materials purchased as part of their campaign.“Receipts for all election materials purchased or donated must be presented to the Election Committee prior to any use of the materials,” the section reads. “All receipts must be accompanied by a list of materials purchased.”According to the press release, Fonseca and Narimatsu violated this section through their social media advertising.“The ticket purchased Facebook advertising prior to receiving proper approval from the Election Committee,” the release said.Rather than a “forfeiture of candidacy,” as Section 17.2(f) of the Student Union Constitution calls for, the press release said the Election Committee has determined the penalty for these violations will remove 7 percent of the votes cast for Fonseca and Narimatsu in the election, according to the press release.“As an appropriate sanction the Election Committee hereby requires the Fonseca-Narimatsu ticket to forfeit 7 percent of votes cast for the candidates’ ticket,” it said. “In the event of a runoff, the Election Committee has decided to suspend campaigning for 24 hours from the time campaigning begins.”Fonseca and Narimatsu will have 12 hours to appeal the allegations, during which the results of the election will not be released, the press release said.“Judicial Council will not release the election results while there are pending allegations and appeals per Section 17.1(m) (5) of the Student Union Constitution, ‘No election result may be released to the public while any allegation or appeal is pending,’” it said. “The earliest release time for results would be tomorrow, Thursday, Feb. 9, at 11:45 a.m.”As of press time, emails seeking comment from the Fonseca-Narimatsu ticket had not been returned. The Blais-Shewit ticket had no comment.Tags: blais-shewit, fonseca-narimatsu, Judicial Council, sanctions, student body president elections, Student governmentlast_img read more

Justice Minister Amy Adams rejects calls for abortion reform

first_imgStuff.co.nz 9 December 2016Family First Comment: More good news – and more reasons that the Greens are unelectable… “The Greens are the only political party in New Zealand that backs comprehensive abortion reform. Other politicians are happy with current abortion law, among them Justice Minister Adams. “Abortion is a deeply personal issue and has traditionally been left as a conscience issue for MPs, and that’s appropriate,” Adams said. “Wholesale reform of abortion law is not something I’m currently looking at.” #chooselifeJustice Minister Amy Adams is ruling out abortion reform, as thousands sign a petition calling for an overhaul of New Zealand’s legislation.Abortions are still illegal under the Crimes Act, and may only be carried out if pregnancy poses a risk to the physical or mental health of the mother.They are also permitted in cases of incest or fetal abnormality, but there’s no exception for rape victims.Student Sarah Batkin, 23, launched the petition on Change.org to raise awareness of the murky legal status around abortion.“My tactic is to make a big fuss, and bring it into New Zealand’s collective consciousness,” she said.Batkin said it was particularly offensive that people had to turn to their mental health to justify having an abortion.“I think it’s dishonest and quite cruel actually to make women pretend that they’re mentally unwell,” she said.Learne McArthur of Christchurch signed Batkin’s petition, and described how she found herself in that position.“When I had my abortion, I had never been clearer in my thinking, yet I was compelled to say my mental health was at risk from the pregnancy,” she wrote.“Two very sane and reasonable doctors were compelled to lie in order to support me.”Jan Logie, Green spokeswoman for women’s issues, said it made no sense to make people fake their mental health.“There’s a degree of dishonesty in the current system, and that doesn’t serve anyone,” she said.“People want to live with integrity, and we should be supporting that.”The Greens are the only political party in New Zealand that backs comprehensive abortion reform.Other politicians are happy with current abortion law, among them Justice Minister Adams.“Abortion is a deeply personal issue and has traditionally been left as a conscience issue for MPs, and that’s appropriate,” Adams said.“Wholesale reform of abortion law is not something I’m currently looking at.”Abortions peaked at 18,511 in 2003 but have been steadily dropping since then, aside from a brief increase in 2005 and 2006.There were 13,155 abortions performed in New Zealand in 2015.READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/87373287/justice-minister-amy-adams-rejects-calls-for-abortion-reformlast_img read more