As we know, across all South African universities as required by law SRC elections are held. Independent and politically aligned candidates go through hard scrutiny from University students.
This year’s UCT SRC Elections were not different. Democratic Alliance Student Organisations (DASO) ran a strong campaign with Helen Zille and Lindiwe Mazibuko coming to campus to push for their young leaders.
But the UCT student community is not happy with how they ran the overall campaign.
DASO contravened Election by-laws which resulted in the cancelation of more than 3000 electronic votes cast by the student community.
To directly quote the UCT SRC Election Committee, "The Election Committee takes an exceedingly dim view of DASO’s conduct".
DASO OVERSPENT by R7145.71. The Election Committee has penalised DASO with a fine of R7145.71, to be paid to the Elections Committee immediately...
The Committee had before it several complaints against DASO. The Committee found that DASO contravened by-laws by the unauthorised use of laptops and IPADS for students to vote; and by not declaring the visits of senior DA politicians as campaign plans.
DASO is also guilty of contravening the following by-laws:
“Candidates are required to:
6.1.6 Communicate all campaign plans to the SRC Elections Committee before implementing them.
6.9 Neither a candidate not his/her campaign team members may not (sic) collect or handle ballot boxes and papers, and nor may they be within a five metre radius of ballot boxes during vote week, except cast their own votes.
9.1 There shall be such polling booths, as the SRC Election Committee may deem good and sufficient.
9.3 No person shall tamper or interfere with ballot boxes, papers and/or any other election materials” (SRC Election By Laws).”
To top this all up DASO are the only student structure to have a member of their campaigns team thrown out of a debate/student interrogation. This was done by an independent chairperson of the meeting.
Students are disappointed and concerned.
Their opponent SASCO at UCT was found to have overspent with R53.00 which the Election committee say is within limits.
We just wish Lindiwe and Helen had read the by-laws before coming to campus and campaigned. Maybe they would have prevented their young leaders from disappointing students.