The accusations proved to be true and the very next day, she was disqualified from the race, just one day from the elections. I can honestly only begin to imagine the hurt, betrayal and disappointment that Elyn is going through at this moment. That being said, we can only speculate on the intentions for this issue to be brought up when it has never been an issue for the past President and SRC Council members. Elyn, who has had experience in SRC, has never been questioned on her credibility, which in turn increases the trust I have in her to represent me and to represent us, as our President.
If her credibility was never challenged in the past, why is it only challenged now? Why has this confidence, to still carry out her duty as a President - regardless of her internship - been waivered in just 12 days?
Regardless, there is nothing we can do to reinstate her as a Presidential candidate. We can only move to accept the outcome of events. However, we can argue to amend the Constitution, specifically, this provision, but taking on a different perspective. One can see that not everyone is capable of handling internships coupled with the duty of a council member at the same time. In a worst case situation featuring the abolishment of this prohibition, what are we, the students to do if there are various SRC members who do leave their posts in the third trimester for their internship?
Therefore, with regards to the Constitution, what do we make out of the existing Council members who will be leaving for their industrial training in the third semester? Do we close our eyes and play dumb? Where is the justice? Where is the equality? Does this mean that we only look at issues that are contradicting only when they are called out in public? How can I trust a council member who keeps this issue in the dark for the President in the last term but calls out the Presidential nominee in the next? How can I trust my representative from the engineering faculty to solve my issues only to find out that he is also going for his industrial training? How can I even trust these people to represent my rights when I cannot even trust them to be a person who upholds fair principles? How can I trust a coward who won’t stand his ground?
Therefore, I challenge you to man up and step down.
At the end of the day, being a person of principles is more valuable than the “change” and “serving” you promise the students of MMU. The act of stepping down from council shows that you are making the change and that you ready to serve the students by putting our interests before your selfish intentions. Show us that you lead by example.
At the end of the day, opinions are just opinions but at least I come with opinions of change, opinions of justice and opinions for the security for my future here in MMU.