On Tuesday 6th October, ANUSA’s BIPOC Department held an autonomous meeting to vote between the three candidates nominated for the role of BIPOC Officer for 2022. However, it has been revealed that BIPOC’s election was subject to voter fraud, as the tally of votes the Department received were not representative of the quorum.
An anonymous Collective Member of BIPOC approached Woroni regarding their concerns that the Officer Election for 2022 had been subject to voter fraud. Voting for BIPOC’s Officer for 2022 occurred live on Zoom, in which attendees voted via a Google Form that was shared only to those in present during this Collective Meeting. However, although attendees were advised not to share the Google Form beyond those in attendance, it has been concluded that the link must have been distributed against BIPOC’s own instructions. There was a larger number of votes cast than attendees. It is unclear exactly how many more votes were cast.
As a result of such voter fraud, there will be a revote via email that will only include votes from those that attended the Zoom.
Woroni reached out to the current BIPOC Officer for comment, but they are yet to respond.
BIPOC’s elected Officer for 2022 will be announced on Thursday 7th October at 5:00 PM AEST.