Student council elections at the University of Malta will never be the same again as a proposal to allow online voting was supported and passed in an annual general meeting.
Two students, Dario Cacopardo and Nathaniel Falzon, proposed 14 amendments to the KSU statute, including the proposal to switch from traditional ballot papers to online voting through the online system Election Buddy.
Speaking to Lovin Malta, Dario Cacopardo was thrilled that their proposals were supported across the board.
“I’m satisfied with what we have managed to get done, this has been debated for years yet everyone still voted for the online system and everyone agreed with the system in principle,” said Dario.
We have just changed the shape of the electoral process of the UoM Student Union elections! This will undoubtedly increase student activism and electoral turnout. Well done Dario and Nathaniel. Good to see @PulseMalta and @SDMmalta agree on this initiative! @KSUMalta
— Jacob Portelli (@jacobcaru) April 18, 2018
Both SDM and Pulse agreed with the system and voted in favour of the proposal, with just a few amendments proposed due to technicalities.
Pulse said that they believed this would encourage more people to vote and be engaged. SDM proposed counter motions that were agreed upon and included the the final proposal.
Any amendments proposed in the KSU AGM come into effect immediately, meaning the upcoming KSU election next week will be able to benefit from online voting.
“The infrastructure and system are already in place, IT services just need fifteen minutes to set up the rest,” said Dario.
Students will receive an email on the day of the election that will allow them to vote one time only in the KSU elections.