Union presidential candidates submit flawed nominations

first_imgThe lead-up to the presidential elections for the Oxford Union has proved controversial after two of the three candidates submitted flawed nomination material.Tom Hartley, the current librarian, turned in his nomination forms without the mandatory fee of £40, whilst James Dray, a member of the standing committee, failed to mark the office he is running for.However, Niall Gallagher, the society’s Returning Officer, has declared both candidates’ nominations valid.He explained that he decided to accept Dray’s nomination because he had submitted the “right amount of money for the President-Elect position.”Despite the society’s rules that the “nomination shall not be accepted” of a candidate who does not have “sufficient or authorised means of payment.”Gallagher has since explained that he decided to declare Hartley a valid candidate because he could not “be satisfied that the rules are clear enough to render his nomination unambiguously invalid.”He added, “on the basis of the evidence I have seen, I feel I must give credence to the Librarian’s declaration (both oral and written) that he had sufficient means of payment on his person at the time of nominating.”This decision has led to concerns that a tribunal will be called if Hartley wins the election. The Standing Committee already discussed the possibility of such situation and one member has commented, “If Tom wins, there definitely will be a tribunal.”Another student stated that if a tribunal was called after the election, it would “almost certainly rule his nomination invalid.”Daniel Johnson, the ex-Returning Officer of the Union stated that such situations “made the Union look bloody stupid and re-polling was necessary.”However, he commented that “the Union is democratic, and it’s up to the members to decide who becomes President – and I’m glad that we can continue to offer the only properly run cross-campus election in Oxford.”Members of the Union have criticised failure of Dray and Hartley to submit their applications properly. A member of the Society said, “It was an exceptionally stupid thing to do for someone who wants to be President of the Union.”Another said, “I’m sure the role of the president involves more difficult things than nomination. How they are going to manage everything else?”last_img read more

Women’s Soccer Defeats Indiana State, 1-0, for Third-Straight Win

first_img Full Schedule Roster Drake’s control allowed it to open up many goal-scoring opportunities, but the Bulldogs couldn’t find the elusive goal until late. Valparaiso 10/26/2019 – 4 PM URBANDALE, Iowa – Abby Stephenson’s first goal of the season lifted the Drake women’s soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Indiana State on Sunday afternoon. The Bulldogs have now won three games in a row and hold a three-game shutout streak. The Bulldogs dominated 63 percent of the possession and earned a 20-6 advantage in shot attempts. Their 20 shots tied a season high. The Bulldogs kept their foot on the pedal and broke through with Stephenson’s goal just minutes later. Erika Townley was key in the attack. She applied constant pressure on the flanks and in the box as she battled for position and won contested balls. Townley’s aggression paid off in the 58th minute when she drew a foul in the box and earned a penalty kick for the Bulldogs. Next Game: Following a mad scramble in the box, Stephenson gained control and fired a shot into the lower-left corner to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead in the 63rd minute. “We were incredibly unlucky not to open up a bigger lead earlier on,” Horner said. “But we showed our resilience to manage the game out.”center_img The Bulldogs return to action on Saturday, Oct. 26 by hosting Senior Night against Valparaiso. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Urbandale High School. However Vanessa Kavan’s ensuing attempt bounced off the top-left portion of the crossbar and out of bounds. “I’m really pleased for Abby to get her goal as she’s been very close on multiple corners,” Horner said. “And Erika Townley was the spark that inspired us to victory.” Live Stats “I felt our performance today was another example of the team executing the gameplan very well,” said Drake head coach Lindsey Horner. “We carried the game for long periods and the timing of our attacking movements were fantastic.” Preview Drake’s defense provided its best effort of the year by limiting Indiana State to season lows in shots (six) and shots on target (three). Goalkeeper Kelsie Stone recorded three saves en route to her fourth clean sheet of the season, a number good for second in the Missouri Valley Conference. “We look forward to recovering from this stretch of games as we prepare for Valparaiso next week,” Horner said. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more