A message from the REBLITE Board on a safe and fair 2020 By-Elections
Over the past few months, it had become clear to the UWSA that our elections have caused harm to past participants. Unclear expectations and enforcement of conduct, insufficient accountability processes, and a lack of a capacity to follow through are some of the aspects that must be addressed. The Board is reviewing its democratic processes and working towards reforming the system of governance. However, in order to fulfill our obligations as a non-profit board and remain accountable to the student membership, the 2020 By-Elections will take place.
We are in the difficult position of having to navigate a harmful system while we reform it, and we know that this puts election participants in difficult positions as well. Participants can continue to file complaints and appeals through our website, as per the process outlined in the UWSA By-Laws. However, we recognize that the current processes have their limitations.
As the elections commission, the REBLITE Board wants students to know that we are committed to a safe and fair election. We want students to feel safe to come forward with their concerns and there are two points of contact to help students do so. If you have a concern about the election, the first step is to reach out to the Chief Elections Commissioner (CEC), Shenal Fernando, at email@example.com; however, if the concern is regarding the CEC, or if you are unsatisfied with his response, please reach out to the Chair of the Board (CoB), Anjola Aderinto, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Anjola will bring your concern to the REBLITE Board, regardless of whether or not it is a formally submitted appeal, and we will work to address it.
As an organization, we depend on the participation and feedback of our membership. We understand that bringing forward concerns is an act of care that requires significant emotional labour. We value every disclosure and are committed to honouring them through harm-reduction frameworks.
The Referenda and Election By-Law Interpretation and Transparent Enforcement Board
(The REBLITE Board)