Weekly Update [Week 14]: Constitutional Amendments

Amidst writing final papers and preparing for final exams, the Council convened this week for our final meeting of the academic year to discuss and pass a number of constitutional amendments.

Summary of Weekly Meeting

In the weekly meeting on Friday (22 Apr), the Council voted to pass eleven substantive amendments to the Constitution.

Amendments of note include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Reduction of the number of members in the Judiciary from 9 to 7 (Article V, Section 3.1)
  • Switch from the Kemeny-Young voting system to the instant run-off voting system for elections (Article VI, Section 3.4)
  • Separation of Presidential and Vice Presidential races (Article VI, Section 3.8)
  • By-elections to be held at the beginning of Semester 2 instead of whenever a vacancy opens (Article VI, Section 5.2)

A full report of all the amendments passed as well as the rationale for their passing can be accessed here: Constitutional Amendments Report (22 April 2016)

A copy of the updated Constitution with the amendments marked in red can be accessed here: Constitution (22 April 2016)

Read a more detailed account of the meeting here: Weekly Meeting Minutes (22 April 2016)

Final Thoughts

Time has truly flown over the past few weeks and the semester has swiftly come to a close. On behalf of the Council, I would like to thank the student body, staff, faculty, and all others who are part of the Yale-NUS community in one way or another for supporting us and our work over our term. It has been our honour to serve the College, and we hope that the work which we have done has been useful. As we break for summer and prepare for the upcoming elections, it is our hope that more students will be drawn to take up the mantle of representing and advocating for the student body, and that the Yale-NUS Student Government will continue to be an important and effective institution.

Wishing all a restful summer and so long until August!

 

Regards,
Joceline Yong
Director of External Communications

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