On the third of October, student party asap announced that they will be disbanding on the eleventh of October. However, the USR fraction will still finish this year. The party says the reason for their dissolution is a shortage of active members. ‘This is a heavy, but well considered decision.’
On Monday the 3th of October, student party asap announced that they will be disbanding on the eleventh of October. The party will thus also not participate in the USR-elections in the coming year. However, the four current USR-members associated with asap will finish this year under asap’s flag. They will do this with support from the current party. ‘This is a heavy, but well considered decision’, asap writes in an announcement on Instagram.
The party writes that the reason for their dissolution is a shortage of active members. The party has been struggling with these problems for a longer time. For example, in 2020, they already thought about disbanding. This was because of a shortage of board, fraction and active members. In addition, asap asked for a later date to hand in their electoral list this year. According to student party asap, the search for active members was made more difficult because of the pandemic, which led to the current decision. ‘The impact of COVID-19 and the lack of enthousiasm for student participation have now resulted in the definite disbanding of the party’, according to asap.
Noah Vetter, faction chairman for AKKUraatd, is taken aback by the dissolution of student party asap. ‘The dissolution of student party asap is a great loss for student participation at our university. Student participation is of great importance and to guarantee this, strong student parties are essential.’ Concerning democracy at the university, AKKUraatd looks to the future. According to Vetter, it is important that internal democracy keeps functioning correctly. ‘Just AKKUraatd is not desirable.’
This article was published in Dutch on October 3th 2022.