The claws are out at Catz

first_imgSt Catz JCR elections for treasurer had be be recast because of electoral malpractice.Cherwell was informed that the IT Officer had leaked ballot results to a first-year Physicist who was running for the position of treasurer before the ballot closed on Tuesday night.  An anonymous source told Cherwell, “The IT rep told his friend – running for the position – the way the voting was looking before the ballot had closed. He is able to see the exact list of those who have voted, including names.” An email was sent to the JCR from Aidan Clifford, on Tuesday St Cat’s JCR president stating, “I hope you have all been busy exercising your democratic right to elect the committee you deem best, brightest and as keen as buttons.” “As President, it is my responsibility to monitor elections as the JCR’s Returning Officer. In this capacity I may intervene and reset elections I consider compromised.”“Unfortunately, this year’s ballot for the position of Treasurer falls under this category. I will be resetting the vote and reopening it at 10 am tomorrow. I emphasise that you should vote as you see best. This situation will be avoided in the future.”When contacted by Cherwell, Clifford declined to comment.The IT officer stated “Official JCR meeting will be held on Sunday. Until this moment I don’t have a right to give any official comments on the situation. ‘From my personal point of view the leakage was not intentional and didn’t cause any changes in the elections. Election for the Treasurer position were reset in order to eliminate even the slightest possibility of unfairness.”Votes were recast on Wednesday and results are still to be announced. Neither of the candidates were disqualified, nor was there any action taken against Hinel.One St Catz student commented “I was really surprised when I heard about the problems with the elections. Catz generally has a very relaxed, uncompetitive environment and both candidates are generally decent guys.” Both prospective Treasurer candidates were contacted by Cherwell and declined to comment.last_img read more

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Virat Kohlis Pakistani fans bail plea dismissed

first_imgFrom M ZulqernainLahore, Feb 19 (PTI) Notwithstanding a police clean chit, a Pakistani court has dismissed the bail plea of a young die-hard fan of ace cricketer Virat Kohli who was arrested on treason charges for hoisting the Indian flag atop his home.Umar Daraz, a 22-year-old Kohli lookalike, is facing an imprisonment of up to 10 years for hoisting the Indian flag atop his house in Okara district in Punjab province.District court judge Anique Anwar announced his verdict yesterday.”We are disappointed and will challenge the decision in the sessions court,” said Darazs counsel Aamir Bhatti.Police officer Aziz Cheema told reporters he had said in his report that no evidence was found that Daraz committed “treason”.However, the judge dismissed his bail plea.Daraz, a tailor by profession, was arrested from his house on January 25 in a village about 200 kilometres from Lahore. The police registered an FIR against him under section 123-A of Pakistan Penal Code and 16 Maintenance of Public Order.The section 123-A (acts of damaging the sovereignty of the country) carries a maximum punishment of 10 years in jail or fine or both.Earlier Bhatti told the court that his client was innocent as he hoisted the Indian flag only to support his favourite cricketer who was playing against Australia at the time.He said Daraz committed the mistake without knowing the implications. “This is not a case in which someone was hoisting the flag of any country for its love. During football World Cup matches people here used to hoist Brazil and Argentina flags and nobody minds it because the gesture is seen in a sports perspective. This is a similar case.”advertisement”I am a big fan of Virat Kohli. I support the Indian team because of Kohli. Hoisting of Indian flag on the rooftop of my house only shows my love for the Indian cricketer,” Daraz had said.He said he had no idea that he committed a crime, urging the authorities to pardon him as he should be seen as “an Indian cricketers fan and not as a spy.”Large photographs of Kohli were found on the walls of Darazs house. He was arrested the day India beat Australia in a T20 match and Kohli was adjudged man of the match.Some civil society activists and journalists have raised their voice for his release and termed his gesture purely that of a sports lover. PTI MZ ABH AKJ ABHlast_img read more

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