Aaviksoo appointment taken to court

Jaak Aaviksoo (left) and Sandor Liive (Courtesy of Edmond Mäll/TUT)
6/25/2015 2:34 PM
Category: Education

Four Tallinn University of Technology employees have taken the decision to appoint Jaak Aaviksoo as the university's new rector, to court.

The employees, including two professors, said the fifth round of voting at the Board of Governors was illegal as the vote itself should have ended after the fourth vote. They said the fourth vote should have been final and, as it failed to elect a new rector, should have led to the dissolution of the Board of Governors.

The Board of Governors voted, by eight to three, for Aaviksoo on May 22. A few days later four of board members said they did not vote for Aaviksoo, saying the vote was fixed and asked for a new vote. Sandor Liive, the head of the board, said a forensic investigation will take place to see if one of the four lied or one ballot was forged.

The four board members then refused a forensic tests.

The university's council, which has the last say on any new rector, met on June 16, and 25 out of 41 councilmen voted to veto Aaviksoo – 28 votes would have been needed. The council was due to meet on June 22 to officially unveil Aaviksoo, but that was postponed due to the double national holiday on June 23 and 24. The council is expected to meet again on July 7.

J.M. Laats

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