ISA Election Updates
An ISA Presidential and Vice Presidential Candidate Presentation was held on Monday, July 6 with the 2020-21 running candidate team:
Mr. Liberty Hombe, Presidential Candidate
from the Republic of South Africa, and Mr. Freeman Moma, Vice-Presidential Candidate
from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Attendees learned more about the candidates and asked questions about what they plan to accomplish in office if elected. If you missed the event, please invest some time to listen to the presentation.
This will help you may make your informed vote in the ISA election happening July 13-17.
(Watch for the link to vote.)
Important ISA Election Updates
If you missed previous emails, the ISA Election Committee sent information about the election.
Due to the withdrawal of one of the ISA candidate teams, it was necessary that the committee explore and come to a decision about how best to address the ISA Election while ensuring that all international students have the best opportunity to share their opinion about leadership for 2020-2021.
After much deliberation, the ISA Election Committee decided that: Mr. Liberty Hombe, Presidential Candidate
and Mr. Freeman Moma, Vice-Presidential Candidate
will run as the only candidate pair. You will still have the opportunity to vote with your decision of yes or no during the election.
We recognize that you may have questions, so in an effort to be as transparent about the process as possible, we invite you to read the following information:
How did we get here?
A timeline and process were created so that the election could conclude before the end of the Spring semester and to draw as wide a pool of candidates as possible. Please find actions taken in red on the left side and the appropriate dates on the right.
|Application for election committee
||Posted by Tuesday April 13
Due date: Wednesday April 15 by 5 pm.
|Election Committee Meeting with KCISS advisor
||Thursday April 16 at 12 pm.
|ISA and General Assembly Meeting to Approve Election Rules
||Friday April 17
|1st round: Candidate Applications
||Posted by Friday, April 17
Due date: Sunday, April 19 by 11.45 p.m.
|2nd round: Candidate Applications
||Posted by Wednesday, June 10
Due date: Wednesday, June 24 by 11.59 p.m.
|Announcement of Candidates for Election
||Thursday, June 25 by 11:59 pm
|Questions & Answer Session with Candidate Teams about Election guidelines.
||Friday June 26 to Friday July 3
****The candidate application was opened twice, after no applications were received in the 1st application period.
Upon the withdrawal of one candidate team, the ISA Election Committee, after much deliberation, decided that reopening the application for yet a third time would not be productive as it would require a large timeline shift, and could perhaps risk finding a new President and Vice President for 2020-2021. The Committee also wanted to be fair to the remaining candidates who had applied on time.
How does the election work now or do the remaining candidates automatically win?
The ISA Election Committee values international students’ voices the most and therefore we have enabled a process that still gives you the power to decide who should lead you next year. While just one pair of candidates is left, there will be “yes/no” voting (just like with “regular” elections). This means that you will have the opportunity to vote yes or no about the remaining pair and their goals and platform.
To assure that a majority vote will be clear and regulate representation, a 60 percent rule will be implemented. This means that the candidate pair will only win if 60 percent of all votes are “yes.” Any percent below 60 will be counted as lost. The election will take place on July 13 at 9 a.m. to July 17 at 3 p.m.
Is the ISA Election Committee allowed to change the elections in an unconventional way?
We all have carefully read and interpreted the official ISA constitution and its election guidelines, and the ISA Election Committee has concluded that nowhere is this kind of adjustment prohibited. Therefore, this decision is final and legitimate.
Nonetheless, we do understand that this is not the kind of election we all would have wished for or expected to be necessary. Every decision made by the ISA Election Committee is thoughtful and includes a lot of scenario thinking. COVID-19 circumstances have pushed us all out of our comfort zones in various ways and into new ways of doing things. Recruiting candidates during COVID times has been very difficult and required innovation.
Thus, while we all wished for a different kind of election, we kindly ask you to respect this decision and share your voice by voting in the upcoming election on July 13 at 9 a.m. to July 17 at 3 p.m.
How is the neutrality of the ISA Election Committee assured?
Although just one pair of candidates is remaining, the ISA Election Committee assures and follows all standards of neutrality. Therefore, we will never post anything that forces students to vote into one direction. What that means is that we will never tell any students to vote with a yes or no for these candidates.
All that the ISA Election Committee will do is promote the presentation by the candidates on July 6 from 1-2 p.m. on Zoom and distribute their recorded presentation. Likewise, the Kearney Center will only provide information to make you aware of webinar and election opportunities. Neither the ISA Election Committee nor Kearney Center are in favor or against the remaining candidates. We will not endorse or evaluate any statements made by the candidate pairing.
Finally: Choose your ISA leadership by voting in the election next week! Watch for the upcoming link so you can vote. We would love to see you all participate! It’s your chance to make an impact!
All the best,
The ISA Election Committee