A vote of no confidence has been called in the UWE SU President after he made ‘blatant anti-semitic remarks’ and interfered in an election
An email was sent to UWE students announcing the referendum
Students of UWE received an email yesterday afternoon announcing that a referendum of a vote of no confidence in the currently suspended SU President Zain Choudhry, will be taking place from Monday 5th February and will end on Thursday 8th February.
The question “Do you have confidence in The Students’ Union President Zain Choudhry?” has been proposed to the students of UWE Bristol by the Students Union.
Results will then be announced on the 9th February at midday.
The email reads as follows:
"The Students' Union at UWE Notice of Referendum
In accordance with The Students’ Union at UWE Constitution, we would like to notify you that a referendum of a vote of no confidence in The Students’ Union President has been called.
The question “Do you have confidence in The Students’ Union President Zain Choudhry?” has been proposed to the students of UWE Bristol.
If you would like to propose an amendment to the question, or stand as an agent on either side, this should be done in writing to [email protected] by 16:00 on Wednesday 31 January.
Campaigning and voting will begin on Monday 5 February and end on Thursday 8 February, with results being announced on Friday 9 February at midday."
The decision to cast a vote has come in light of recent allegations that Choudhry had made anti-semitic remarks which resulted in the Elections for the Democratic Procedures Committee (DPC) being called to a halt. Choudhry reached out to voters via a WhatsApp group, urging them not to vote for candidate William Bates and describing him as "a very Zionist type person".
Choudhry responded with the following statement:
Following this, Choudhry was suspended for one month whilst under the conditions of undertaking additional training. However, there have been calls to action further penalties against Choudhry, which have resulted in a vote of no confidence.
More news to follow as we are updated.