“It’s a pity, because had I been elected, I’d have pushed for changes to the vacation day requirements that would’ve made it easier for international students to participate in the Union. It has emerged that Lee is ineligible to stand underUnion election rules, which require that all candidates must be a currentmember of the Standing Committee or a Senior Appointed Official, and must haveserved for at least one term as a member of the Secretary’s Committee or as anAppointed Official. “A letter writtenby ‘AMember’ was pidged to the Returning Officer, laying out the technical reasons as towhy I was not eligible to stand for election. It is clear, both from the timingof the letter and its contents, that this was a pre-planned attack; a move todisqualify an officer candidate from a slate that some individuals just do notwant to see win. He continued: “With this in mind I gave Mr Lee the opportunityto make a submission before the hard deadline required for posting a list ofvalidly nominated candidates. However, nothing brought forward by thissubmission persuaded me from my initial reading of the rules. “While I served asInternational Officer, there was no indication anything was amiss. On theminutes, I was indicated as ‘International Officer’. When I organised an International Pub Quiz for the Union, Iwas recognised as an ‘International Officer’. When I handed over my portfolio to Alice, I was referred to as the ‘Outgoing InternationalOfficer’. Yes, there is no evidence I was ratified through a formal vote by theGoverning Body; that much is true. The issue of what should count as ratification,however, is a different question – that is a fight left for another time. In his official ruling, the Returning Officer wrote that:“I received an envelope with a message from ‘A Member’ in my RO pigeon hole at2.57 pm, before the Close of Nominations, which informed me that the Member hadconcerns about the ratifications of Mr Lee as International Officer in MT18. “As it turns out, Iwas never ratified as International Officer because I’d completed aninsufficient number of vacation days. Fair enough; but ironic considering myposition as International Officer – as an international student, I was unable to serve thesevacation days because my flights back to Singapore were pre-booked months inadvance. The Oxford Union, Together, Khan, and Zhao have been contacted for comment. “Therefore, I rule that Mr Lee shall not be considered ashaving been Ratified as an International officer under current Rules. Thismeans that Mr Lee, under the current Rules, can not [sic] be considered ashaving been International Officer for the purposes of this election.” The official ruling concluded that: “As CDSC, Mr Lee is acurrent Member of Standing. However, as Mr Lee can not [sic] be considered ashaving been International Officer, he does not meet the requirements of havingserved a further term either on Secretary’s Committee or as an AppointedOfficial.” “Having investigated all of the Standing CommitteeMinutes from the term, I am satisfied that there was not a vote to ratify MrLee as International Officer.” In an official statement posted on social media, Leewrote: “Yesterday,I was disqualified from running for Treasurer. It’s Union politics in its full,toxic, viciousness: The precise event which triggered my disqualification came three minutes before the closeof nominations. This would normally mean that Lee was able to stand, but it transpired that his position as International Officer (an Appointed position) was never been ratified by the Union’s Standing Committee last term as required. Per Union rules, he has thus not officially served a term as an Appointed Official or member of Secretary’s Committee, meaning he does not meet the requirements to stand for election as Treasurer-Elect. “Had I beenratified, I would’ve been eligible to run for Treasurer because I was InternationalOfficer for a term, and then Debate Chairperson (a position on the GoverningBody of the Union) for another.” With Lee barred from running and the election’s nomination period closed, the Together slate, led by Brendan McGrath, will now not be able to field a candidate for the position. The ‘Engage’ slate’s candidate for Treasurer, Rai Saad Khan and the independent candidate Shining Zhao will be the only candidates on the ballot. The treasurer candidate for the ‘Together’ slate, Lee Chin Wee, has been barred from running in this term’s Union election, per a ruling issued by the Union’s Returning Officer.