Chanco students’ union dismiss claims of end of class boycott

Students Union of Chancellor College (SUCC) has dismissed claims that the students on Sunday afternoon voted against their sit-in currently going on at their campus in Zomba.

In an interview with Nyasa Times on Monday, SUCC president Israel Masiyano said the students who voted on Sunday did not form a quorum as stipulated in the SUCC constitution.

Chanco students: Playing games on campus
Chanco students: Playing games on campus

“We have read in one of the newspapers today (Daily Times of Monday) that Chanco students have voted against class sit-in. This is very confusing because most of the students did not cast their votes as some of them were away.

“So, the decision on whether the sit-in should continue or not could not be determined by a number of students who did not even form a quorum as our constitution says,” said Masiyano.

SUCC constitution stipulates that a quorum should constitute two-thirds vote majority of the total population of the students.

According to the newspaper, out of 493 students cast their votes as the rest of the students had left for their respective homes. 363 voted for an end to the sit-in and 55 voted for continued sit-in whereas 70 votes were null and void.
There were heated moments at the campus on Thursday last week as some of the concerned students physically assaulted each with those for the sit-in during a General Assembly which was convened at the Great Hall.

Meanwhile, a visit at the college’s campus revealed that the sit-in is still continuing.

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