CBU students elect Haley, Jamieson; appeal pending
SYDNEY — Cape Breton University students have elected theatre arts student Allison Haley as president and BA student Adam Jamieson as vice-president of the students union, although a disqualified candidate plans an appeal.
Four hundred and eight students voted at the polls Tuesday and Wednesday casting 250 ballots for the slate of Haley and Jamieson, 121 for second-place finishers Mahmoud (Dash) Abdelaal and Kevin Regnault and 31 votes for third-place candidates Desiree Campbell and Tara Ferguson.
Chief returning officer Andrew Clements said the team of Chris Lawrence and Paglo Kibamba were disqualified after violating the student union elections act.
Clements said he expects Lawrence to file an appeal of the election which would be dealt with Monday by an election’s committee. The election outcome won’t be official until after the committee deals with that appeal, he said.
The chief returning officer said if the committee decides the appeal is valid, the next step is for it to be considered by the students representative council and if it is deemed to be invalid, the election results become official.
Lawrence confirmed Friday that he is launching an appeal.
Lawrence said he and Kibamba were unfairly disqualified because of what he saw as a skewing of provisions in an elections act that restrict candidates to the use of 25 publicity items during their campaigns.
He said the chief returning officer shouldn’t have counted each of his slate’s posts on different Facebook sites as an individual publicity item, which put them over the limit. Those Facebook posts should have been seen as a single publicity item, he said.
Clements said Lawrence and Kibamba were disqualified by an election committee that held a hearing.
He said he explained to all of the candidates before the election how he would interpret the elections act provisions about Facebook postings.
Students also elected Brian MacMillan to repre- sent the school of arts and community studies on the students council, Stephanie Bagnell to represent the Shannon School of Business and Saravanabava Srinivasan as the international student representative.