YesCymru voids all votes cast by members so far on new constitution
YesCymru has voided all the votes cast by members so far on a new constitution.
Voting had opened in today at the pro-independence group’s Extraordinary General Meeting on whether to make changes to its constitution adopt a new structure.
The vote is to decide whether to accept the proposals of the Gweithgor, a working group set up in August amid concerns that YesCymru’s constitution and electoral processes needed to be updated for a movement with a membership of over 15,000.
YesCymru said it voided all the votes cast so far because of “syncing issues” between its software and the new independent voting system.
It has apologised for “any inconvenience” and says it will introduce a totally new process and that its tech time will “work through the night” to do so.
In a statement which was put out on social media, YesCymru said: “We’ve been made aware that there are continuing syncing issues between our software and the independent voting system.
“As a result we have had to void all votes so far cast and introduce a totally new process. In order to resolve this the tech team will work through the night so that a new voting link will be available to all members from 08:00 am Saturday 11th of December until 12:00 mid-day 12th of December.
“A link will be sent to all members via email tomorrow morning. We apologise for any inconvenience but we feel we have no other way of protecting the integrity of the vote.”
All YesCymru members received an email at 8am this morning taking them to a voting page. There email said that there would also be an opportunity to vote during the EGM itself on Saturday for those who don’t do so via email, with voting closing during the meeting.
It comes after a period of in-fighting within the movement which saw a vote of no confidence in the Central Committee, whose members collectively resigned from their posts shortly thereafter.
The Gweithgor working group was then set up from voluntary members of different YesCymru branches to look at the structure, finance, governance, procedures, groups and some wider policies such as social media.