PRESS RELEASE – On Saturday August 23rd, 2014 at the Saint Mary’s College youth from across St. Lucia were to have elected a new National Youth Council (NYC) executive to serve for the period 2014-2016; unfortunately this was not the order of the day. Instead a unanimous decision had to be taken to reschedule this significant occasion in view of a quorum.
According to the constitution of the NYC in Article 4 Section 2 (d) it states “No business shall be transacted at the General Assembly unless a quorum of member organisations is present at the time when the meeting proceeds to business: Provided that if within one hour from the time appointed for the General Assembly a quorum of member organisations is not present, the General Assembly shall stand adjourned to the date within two (2) weeks to be announced by Presiding Officer; and if at the adjourned Assembly –which shall be given wide spread publicity commencing no later than the second working day after the abortive Assembly-a quorum of member organisations is not present within half hour of the time appointed for the Assembly; the member organisations present shall constitute a quorum.”
As a result of Saturday’s occurrence, a discussion was held with those in attendance, the NYC executive, former executive members and presidents of district youth and sports councils to decide on the way forward. It was decided that in the best interest of wider participation and in respect to the council’s regulations, that the general assembly be rescheduled to a later date and that all members attend “on time” and not just for the voting period- as the reporting and resolution decisions are adequately important.
A General Council meeting will be this week Thursday, 28th August to strategize on the best way forward.
The NYC would however like to thank and acknowledge the districts youth and sports councils and other members who were present and implores them to continue to encourage other young people to get involved in their communities and clubs.