The chairperson should not have released the Election Commission's report to the public, for the chairperson did not ...

Kenji on May 15, 2020

September 2014 SEC 2 Q12

Is it correct to think that, since the minimum requirement for the chairperson was consulting at least one member of the committee, if he/she consulted most members chairperson's action would have been justified? Thanks in advance!

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Victoria on May 15, 2020

Hi @kenken,

Happy to help!

We do not know what the minimum requirement for the chairperson was. The passage simply concludes that the chairperson should not have released the report because they did not consult any other members of the commission.

However, if we base the argument in the passage on the assumption outlined in your question and in answer choice (A), then the conclusion can be properly drawn.

Without this assumption, we do not know why it was wrong for the chairperson to release the report to the public as we do not know the level of consent from other members, if any, required for release. The assumption fills in this gap by telling us that it is permissible for the report to be released only if a majority of the commission had first given their consent.

Since the chairperson did not consult any of the other members of the commission, let alone gain the consent of the majority of its members, they were not justified in releasing the report.

Hope this is helpful! Keep up the good work and let us know if you have any further questions.