Statement by the Executive Committee of The KSIMC of LondonIn: Latest News
29th May 2017
With the advent of this Holy month, on behalf of the Executive Committee (EC) of The KSIMC of London, I would like to wish you a very blessed month and may the Almighty grant us all the mercy and bounties He has reserved for those who fast during this month.
Subsequent to the Saturday 20th May 2017 declaration of the Electoral Commission that made the Elections for the forthcoming term ‘null and void’, we the EC have received feedback, comments, suggestions and proposals for our consideration. We also called a meeting of a few peers of the community to explore options for the way forward.
In order to consider all the counsel we received along with consultations with a few legal experts within the community, the EC met on Friday 26th May 2017 and resolved a few matters, charting a way forward for the community.
The EC are convinced that the status of the Electoral Commission at the time of declaration, despite the resignations and appointments made, was legitimate and lawful. Consequently, their declaration of the election results was bona fide and binding. An earlier announced list of ‘unopposed candidates’ and the cancellation of voting on Sunday 21st May 2017 did not constitute a declaration of the results.
Since the Electoral Commission has been constitutionally granted the status of being the ultimate authority in matters of the Elections, their decision is final and there exists no mechanism to appeal or challenge their decision except in a court of law, which we the EC unanimously believe would not be in the best interest of the community.
Since the elections have not taken place, the Constitution requires that the EC continue in office for the forthcoming year. During this time, we promise to look at the shortcomings and deficiencies of the election process as set out in the Constitution and address them to the best of our abilities. We are also cognisant of the busy oncoming months that will see a flurry of enhanced activities in the centre for our spiritual wellbeing during the months of Mahe-Ramadhan, Dhul-Hijjah, Muharram and Safar. Holidays and weddings are also customarily held during the next few summer months.
We thus envisage The KSIMC of London holding elections on Sunday 10th December 2017, giving us time to carry out our responsibilities in ensuring that the shortcomings of the election process are duly overcome and do not recur. It also ensures that we hold the elections when there can be maximum participation by the membership, and candidates are given sufficient time and notice to prepare.
We have gone through turbulent times over the past few weeks or so and we believe that we will emerge more seasoned and stronger to face similar challenges in the event they arise again. The EC will continue to discharge its duties in the face of such difficulties, bearing in mind that our main responsibility is to ensure we have a smooth operation and do not allow ourselves to be distracted by such events.
Most of the EC had planned to step down and allow new blood to rise up to the challenge of steering this community forward. We do not believe they have been denied this opportunity; rather, they have been deferred for perhaps what may be in the best interest of the community. We plan and the Almighty plans and He is the best of all planners.
We are grateful to the whole community for their overwhelming support in allowing us the space and time to study and analyse the current situation, and come up with solutions that were made in the best interest of the community.
We hope you will continue to support us as you have as you have done over the past few years, and pray the Almighty accept all our deeds and actions which have always been aimed at acquiring His pleasure.
With Salaams and Duas,
Mustafa Mohamed (Jaffer)
President of The KSIMC of London
On behalf of all the EC of The KSIMC of London