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Yesterday the Student Government at my university held a General Student Assembly. During a voting process the president opened the floor for comments, did comments toward a member that had an against point in the previous debate and interrupted the voting process while votes where being counted, 3 times he asked the count of quorum of over 1,250 persons (that is the required 10% quorum) in less than 10 minutes during the voting process. A point of order was not being taken, and everything become a total mess that ended with the conclusion of the assembly. The thing is: can a voting process be interrupted and delayed for 10 minutes by the president *AFTER* the voting process begun? Thanks ahead for any answer and references to support them.

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"INTERRUPTION OF VOTES. Interruptions during the taking of a vote are permitted only before any member has actually voted, unless, as sometimes occurs in ballot voting, other business is being transacted during voting or tabulating. For points of order regarding the conduct of a vote, see below and pages 250–51. "  RONR (11th ed.), p. 408

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