Dave Ryan reports on what is being described as a ‘farcical’ vote.
Word reached The Student Observer at lunchtime today that the ongoing USI ‘Preferendum’, the crucial vote to establish USI’s position on third level funding, has serious flaws in its voting system.
The vote, which has been taking place at http://usivote.com , has presented a couple of issues that draw the entire vote into disrepute. The first issue that has been alleged, though I have not personally seen this, is that people are occasionally prompted with other student numbers, which is troubling enough. But the second issue is far more troubling indeed.
Former students are able to vote in this Preferendum. Now, this video could well be a hoax. So I, who have not been a registered student since May 2011, tried to vote:
So I was able to cast my vote, but as I am no longer a student, my view is not representative of what USI are aiming for. And if all former students find it as easy as I did, the results are completely distorted. Now, the debate must begin as to whether this vote should be abandoned entirely, or whether the results are remotely credible. When reached for comment on the matter, USI President Gary Redmond said:
“the sys[tem] is based on edugate.ie which queries each college’s database. [Student database] is held by college not USI”
- I have been contacted by a former Maynooth student, who despite now being a full-time registered student at NUIG, was able to vote as an NUIM student.
- A twitpic surfaces showing that it is possible to hack into the voting system’s admin
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