Council Elections Procedures (fwd)

nuri t jazairi (nuri@YORKU.CA)
Fri, 14 Nov 1997 09:35:03 -0500


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Date: Fri, 14 Nov 1997 09:31:47 -0500 ()
From: nuri t jazairi <nuri@yorku.ca>
To: terremoto@magic.ca
Cc: mchodak@yorku.ca, nuri@yorku.ca
Subject: Council Elections Procedures

YORK UNIVERSITY

M E M O R A N D U M

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To: Kim Michasiw, Chair, Faculty of Arts Council

From: Nuri Jazairi, Economics

RE: Council Elections Procedures

Date: November 14, 1997

At the Council meeting yesterday you informed Council members that while
ballot counts will remain secret at the present time nominees for Council
elections may ask for and receive their own vote counts. I have recently
been a nominee for the Governance Committee and for the Executive
Committee. I would appreciate receiving my own vote counts for these two
elections.

You also reported on behalf of the Executive Committee on Council election
procedures and concern about the lack of control in the recent elections.
Both you and Professor Robert Drummond argued for the continuation of past
arrangements including the continued secrecy of ballot counts on the
grounds that disclosure of ballot counts might cause embarrassment and
raise questions about the mandate of elected members because normally very
few Council members vote in these elections.

After the meeting, I have checked the 1996-1997 list of eligible voters
and found that it contained well over 800 members eligible to vote (552
full-time faculty, 61 retirees, 233 contract faculty, and 61 students.)
This very large number of eligible voters who apparently seldom vote
raises, among other things, a question about how the results of Council
elections are decided. It seems perfectly possible in these circumstances
that a very small group of eligible voters could elect themselves to all
positions all the times and control all the decisions of the Council -
including the election procedures and the ballot counts. In my view this
kind of situation is both undemocratic and unhealthy and should be
changed.