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Crisis averted at UWI guild elections

Jamaica Gleaner / A crisis in today’s election of the student government for the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) was averted early this morning after the outgoing executive issued a statement postponing the polls over alleged irregularities.

The statement from the Guild Council just after midnight said the  election was being postponed because of what it said was the lack of fair treatment across the board.

It’s understood that the president, Mikaela Gonzales, sent an email to senior administration officials advising them of the decision. 

However, the university leadership responded that such actions were against the guild’s constitution and that only the returning officer could take the decision.

That cleared the way for polls to be opened at eight o’clock this morning.

The Electoral Office of Jamaica is conducting the polls.

This is the latest in a string of controversies that have hit the student government in recent months.

Days before the elections, one of the seven persons who was nominated for president was disqualified for breaches of election guidelines. 

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