CBU stu­dents elect Ha­ley, Jamieson; ap­peal pend­ing

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS/WEATHER - BY CHRIS HAYES chayes@cb­post.com

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.

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